This short but potent book is an explanation and apologetic of the doctrine of the substituionary atonement of Jesus Christ. It does a good job of being accessible and simultaneously profound. As Sproul points out, “the words crucial and crux both have their root in the Latin word for ‘cross,’ crux, and they have come into the English language with their current meanings because the concept of the cross is at the very center and core of Biblical Christianity.” There’s a lot packed into this little book. I recommend it to anyone interested in deepening their understanding of the necessity, meaning, and implications of the cross of Christ, from the new believer to the seminary student.
I first read this book a couple years ago and remember being so struck by it I thought I should take another look at it. I truly believe that this is one of the most important pieces of literature in Christendom. I know that’s a huge statement, but it certainly is when compared with all the other Christian literature I’ve read (which is an admittedly small sample size). Part of what makes this book so profound and useful is the importance of the topic discussed and the lack of understanding of God’s holiness in the church; this is reflected in the disparity of books on God’s holiness verses His love or His grace or His peace (and the disparity in results found on a google search). If you’re like me, you’ve read the old testament and have found yourself wondering why God did certain things. There are just some things that seem out of place to a loving and merciful God. Why did God kill Uzzah for steadying the ark of God when it was going to fall into the mud? Why did He strike down Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu for offering additional sacrifices to Him. Why does God […]