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The Just Justifier

Convinced that “Paul’s fullest, grandest, most comprehensive statement of the gospel” is just as vital today, R.C. Sproul delivered nearly sixty sermons on Romans at St. Andrew’s Chapel. These never-before-published expositions are now available in a hardcover book comprising over 500 pages of material. More information available here.

9781433506857“The glory of his grace is that his justice is served vicariously by a substitute that he appointed.”

God set forth Christ as a propitiation by his blood through faith that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus (Rom 3:26). There is no such thing as cheap grace. The gospel is not simply an announcement of pardon. In justification God does not merely decide unilaterally to forgive us our sins. That is the prevailing idea, that what happens in the gospel is that God freely forgives us of sin because he is such a loving, dear, wonderful God, and it does not disturb him that we violate everything that is holy. God never negotiates his righteousness. God will never lay aside his holiness to save us. God demands and requires that sin be punished. That is why the cross is the universal symbol of Christianity. Christ had to die because, according to God, the propitiation had to be made; sin had to be punished. Our sin has to be punished.

In the drama of justification, God remains just. He does not set aside his justice. He does not waive his righteousness; he insists upon it. We cannot be justified without righteousness, but the glory of his grace is that his justice is served vicariously by a substitute that he appointed. God’s mercy is shown in that what saves us is not our righteousness. It is someone else’s. We get in on someone else’s coattails—that is grace. That somebody, our Redeemer, is perfectly righteous and has fulfilled the justice of God for us perfectly. That is the glory of justification. God demonstrates that he is both just and justifier. If all he did was maintain his righteousness without extending the imputation of that righteousness to us, he would not be the justifier. He is both just and justifier, which is the marvel of the gospel. (pp 104).


October 30, 2009 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Book News,News & Announcements | Author: Crossway Staff @ 12:35 pm | 0 Comments »

Now Available: ESV Audio via Audible and iTunes

The ESV Hear the Word Audio Bible is now available on Audible and iTunes for your listening convenience. Containing more than 75 hours of Bible reading, this is ideal for commuters, the visually impaired, or anyone who wants to download and listen to the Bible on their computer, Mp3 player, or mobile device.

You can also listen to the ESV audio for free, as long as you’re online.

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Unpacking Forgiveness on Trackback Thursday

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This week’s Trackback Thursday features Unpacking Forgiveness: Biblical Answers for Complex Questions and Deep Wounds by Chris Brauns. Jerry Bridges says, “Forgiveness of one another is one of the most important subjects in the Bible, and yet one so often misunderstood. Now Chris Brauns has done a magnificent job in helping us understand the true nature of biblical forgiveness. Every Christian will profit from reading and applying this book.”

Here’s a reminder of how Trackback Thursday works: Simply link to the blog post from your blog, leave a comment on Crossway’s Facebook Page, or re-tweet Trackback Thursday on Twitter @Crosswaybooks. Winners are picked on Friday morning.

If you don’t win this week, you also have a chance to win a copy of the book or a new flip camera by participating in Chris’s new forgiveness quiz. Click here for more details!

Unpack with Great Urgency
A Short Excerpt pp 91-93

How about you? Is there something in your life that could cause someone to stumble? Maybe there is a conflict in your marriage. Perhaps you are angry with your spouse because of something that he or she did. You want to hold onto it and get back a little revenge before working things out.

But don’t you realize that continuing the conflict one more day may cause your children or friends or family to stumble? Is that a responsibility you want to have? Take radical action as soon as possible to work things out.

How about at your church? Is there a conflict there that you are holding on to? Maybe you are right, but is holding on to this conflict going to cause people to stumble? To you, Jesus says, “Don’t do it. Take decisive and drastic action to avoid that responsibility. Better to have a massive rock tied around your neck and be thrown into the heart of the sea than to be responsible for causing someone to walk away from the faith.”

Jesus continued to encourage the disciples to be urgent in the next three verses.

“What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.” (Matthew 18:12–14)

Would you like to be the cause of a celebration in heaven? Then urgently pursue one who has wandered away. It may be because of a bro- ken relationship. Or it might be that he or she was distracted. Whatever the case, urgently pursue those who have drifted way…

In Matthew 18:4–14 Jesus taught that we must work out differences with the greatest sense of urgency. Christians should take drastic measures to avoid causing another brother or sister to walk away from the faith. We should love one another with the same level of risk-taking urgency that we would demonstrate in the face of some great crisis. There will probably be a time when you are called to resolve a situation even though you don’t feel you can handle it perfectly. Do it. Be urgent. Those who are willing to continue conflicts even at the expense of a negative impact on others should fear for their souls.

To this whole chapter, you might object, but aren’t there some things that we cannot let go? The answer is, absolutely. The next chapter will help determine which matters can be dropped and which cannot.

October 29, 2009 | Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: Crossway Staff @ 7:07 am | (6) Comments »

Out of the Comfort Zone this Christmas

Share the Good News of Christmas has become an all-out effort at Cloverdale Baptist Church in Cloverdale, British Colombia. They see distributing the bags as a way to get everyone in the church involved in ministry. They are encouraging each of the 380 families in the church to take four bags and to go outside of their comfort zone to invite friends, family, and acquaintances to church this Christmas. They’re even considering implementing the Share the Good News of Christmas theme into the program itself, using the logo design in the promotion and signage.

It’s not too late for your church or small group to consider doing the same.  Let us know if we can help you Share the Good News of Christmas with your community.

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October 28, 2009 | Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: Crossway Staff @ 2:02 pm | 1 Comment »

Take a Forgiveness Quiz

And Enter for Your Chance to Win a Book or a Flip Camera

One year after the publication of Unpacking Forgiveness: Biblical Answers for flip-camera-imageComplex Questions and Deep Wounds, author Chris Brauns is asking for your interaction in a new forgiveness quiz.

Brauns will spend the next six weeks discussing forgiveness and answering tough questions. There will be book giveaways each Friday (from 10/30-12/6) and a grand prize drawing on 12/6/09 for a flip camera. His heart is to share the gospel, to stimulate cross-centered thinking about interpersonal conflict, to challenge Christians to live out the gospel within their local churches, and more. Check out his blog at A Brick in the Valley for more details and updates.

October 23, 2009 | Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: Crossway Staff @ 11:49 am | 1 Comment »