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The Most Compelling Argument For The Truth Of Christianity Is The Cross At Its Center (via Fleming Rutledge)

From Fleming Rutledge:

“Religious figures are not usually associated with disgrace and rejection. We want our objects of worship to be radiant, dazzling avatars offering the potential of transcendent happiness. The most compelling argument for the truth of Christianity is the Cross at its center. Humankind’s religious imagination could never have produced such an image. Wishful thinking never projected a despised and rejected Messiah. There is a contradiction at the very heart of our faith that demands our attention. We need to put a sign on it, though, like the signs on trucks carrying chemicals: Hazardous material, highly inflammatory cargo. Handle at your own risk.”

Fleming Rutledge, The Undoing of Death, Eerdmans, 2005.

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Westminster Larger Catechism – Lord’s Day 16

Westminster Larger Catechism – Lord’s Day 16

Q & A 57
Q What benefits has Christ procured by his mediation?
A Christ, by his mediation, has procured redemption,1 with all other benefits of the covenant of grace.2

Q & A 58
Q How do we come to be made partakers of the benefits which Christ has procured?
A We are made partakers of the benefits which Christ has procured, by the application of them unto us,3 which is the work especially of God the Holy Ghost.4

Q & A 59
Q Who are made partakers of redemption through Christ?
A Redemption is certainly applied, and effectually communicated, to all those for whom Christ has purchased it;5 who are in time by the Holy Spirit enabled to believe in Christ according to the gospel.6

Q & A 60
Q Can they who have never heard the gospel, and so know not Jesus Christ, nor believe in him, be saved by their living according to the light of nature?
A They who, having never heard the gospel,7 know not Jesus Christ,8 and believe not in him, cannot be saved,9 be they never so diligent to frame their lives according to the light of nature,10 or the laws of that religion which they profess;11 neither is there salvation in any other, but in Christ alone,12 who is the Savior only of his body the church.*13

*1 Hebrews 9:12.
*2 2 Corinthians 1:20.
*3 John 1:11-12.
*4 Titus 3:5-6.
*5 Ephesians 1:13-14; John 6:37, 39; John 10:15-16.
*6 Ephesians 2:8; 2 Corinthians 4:13.
*7 Romans 10:14.
*8 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9; Ephesians 2:12; John 1:10-12.
*9 John 8:24; Mark 16:16.
*10 1 Corinthians 1:20-24.
*11 John 4:22; Romans 9:31-32; Philippians 3:4-9.
*12 Acts 4:12.
*13 Ephesians 5:23.