Four Truths About the CrossBy David Burnette
“And the cross, which as a way of salvation seems the height of feebleness and folly, is actually the greatest manifestation of God’s wisdom and power.” (225)
In the concluding section of The Cross of Christ, John Stott gives four spheres in which the cross should be central for us, all from the book of Galatians. Stott’s summary statements are listed below, along with an added question for further reflection:
1) The cross is the ground of our justification.
Am I trusting in Christ’s death (and resurrection) as the basis for my acceptance before God?
2) The cross is the means of our sanctification.
How does Christ’s death affect the way I view my daily battle with sin?
3) The cross is the subject of our witness.
Do I trust in my own ability to present the gospel, or do I rely on God to use the saving message of the cross?
4) The cross is the object of our boasting.
Do I find my joy and identity in being identified with the One who died for me?