The atonement is the centre of the Christian faith and of the work of the gospel ministry. The purpose of gospel preaching is to make known what God has done in the cross of Jesus Christ. The evangel is 'the preaching of the cross' (1 Cor. 1:18). If this was apostolic Christianity then we must examine ourselves as to whether our emphasis corresponds with it. Is the cross central to the message we preach in our evangelism? But how are we to preach the cross? Does our preaching resemble that of the NT apostles? Does it match the passionate freeness with which the church's greatest evangelists preached the cross to needy sinners? In this booklet, Iain Murray helps us to think through the message of the cross, to appreciate God's love and justice in the death of Christ, and to grasp the truth afresh that 'by Christ crucified the love of God and his willingness to save is to be made known to all people.'
About the Author
Iain H. Murray, born of Scots parents, was educated in the Isle of Man before serving with the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) in the Emergency in Malaya. After study at Durham University, he entered the Christian ministry, serving as assistant to Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones at Westminster Chapel, and subsequently as minister of Grove Chapel, London, and St Giles, Sydney. From 1955 (to 1987) he edited the Banner of Truth magazine, and in 1957 became co-founder of the Trust with which he remains closely connected.
This is a powerful little booklet that should be read and re-read by every minister of the gospel of Sovereign Grace. Taken from chapter 4 of Iain Murray's book "The Old Evangelicalism", it is filled with pure spiritual gold. Convinced as we are of the particular love that God has only for His elect ("Jacob I have loved, Esau I have hated"), do we hesitate to convince the lost of His deep love for them, not knowing if they are elect or not? Do we fear that telling a non-elect man or woman that God loves them is speaking a non-truth? As Murray so eloquently demonstrates, there is not only a particular love of God from which the non-elect are excluded, there is also a general love of God from which no man is excluded, whether he is elect or not, and this truth of God's love for all men must be proclaimed without hesitation and with heart felt conviction if we are to win men to Christ. For while the Law of God convicts men of their sins and shows them their need for a Savior, it is the love of God in sending an all-sufficient Savior into the world that draws men irresistibly to Christ with bands of Divine love.