Wednesday, August 10, 2005

More on the cross

Rob Wilkerson at Miscellanies on the Gospel offers this perspective on the cross:
The center of the gospel is forgiveness. It forgives the pain others cause us because it teaches us that God forgave the pain we caused Him. All of life has already been rearranged around the cross and there all pain finds its consummation. It is an already/not-yet consummation, of course.

Therefore, we must arrange our pains and hurts around the cross, and bring it to bear with penetration and saturation on our pains, offenses, and hurts. If we live life in such a way as to avoid pain, the Christ of the gospel is not magnified. The gospel teaches us to take risks, knowing that others will hurt us, because that same gospel teaches us that love covers a multitude of sins.

The gospel is the only remedy for those who have been hurt so many times in so many ways.
That's a long quote from Rob, and I'd like to offer one more, this one from Rob's blog description: "beholding the wondrous glory of the cross and all [its] splinters." Beautiful.


Blogger Rob Wilkerson said...


You're very kind. Thanks for the gracious words, and encouragement! I need so much of it from Him. And He uses the saints to get it across to me much of the time. We need the cross, don't we?!

8:24 AM, August 10, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

We sure do. Thanks for your excellent post, and thanks be to God for the glorious cross.

2:33 PM, August 10, 2005  

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