Ryle On The Centrality Of The Cross

But in some places “the cross” also indicates the doctrine that Christ died for sinners on the cross – the atonement that He made for sinners by His suffering for them on the cross, the complete and perfect sacrifice for sin that He offered when He gave His own body to be crucified. In short, this one word, the cross, stands for Christ crucified, the only Savior. This is the meaning in which Paul used the expression when he told the Corinthians the word of the cross is foolishness to those that perish (1 Corinthians 1:18). This is the meaning in which he wrote to the Galatians, God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross. He simply meant, “I glory in nothing but Christ crucified as the salvation of my soul.”

J.C. Ryle | The Cross: Crucified with Christ, and Christ Alive in Me (Abbotsford, Wisconsin: Aneko Press, 2019), 12–13, Kindle Edition.


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Tony grew up in Rhode Island. He was educated at BA (University of Rhode Island) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He worked in the insurance industry for ten years. He planted a PCA church in Wakefield, RI where he served for eleven years. In 2015–18 he pastored Covenant Reformed Church (URCNA) in Colorado Springs. He is currently pastor of Living Hope (OPC). Tony is married to Donna and together they have three children. Meet all the Heidelberg contributors»


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