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The Truth of the Cross

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In The Truth of the Cross, Dr. R.C. Sproul surveys the great work accomplished by Jesus Christ through his crucifixion—the redemption of God’s people. Dr. Sproul considers the atonement from numerous angles and shows conclusively that the cross was absolutely necessary if anyone was to be saved. Opening the Scriptures, Dr. Sproul shows that God himself provided salvation by sending Jesus Christ to die on the cross, and the cross was always God’s intended method by which to bring salvation. The Truth of the Cross is an uncompromising reminder that the atonement of Christ is an absolutely essential doctrine of the Christian faith, one that should be studied and understood by all believers.

For more from Dr. Sproul, check out the Crossway R.C. Sproul Collection (6 vols.).

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Top Highlights

“A simple definition of God’s justice is ‘His eternal, immutable commitment always to do what is right.’” (Page 19)

“But if people understood that there is a holy God and that sin is an offense against that holy God, they would break down the doors of our churches and ask, ‘What must I do to be saved?’” (Page 9)

“‘You might forget other things that I teach you, but don’t ever forget the cross, because it was on the cross, through the cross, and by the cross that our Savior performed His work of redemption and gathered His people for eternity.’” (Page 5)

“Paul was saying that in all of his teaching, in all of his preaching, in all of his missionary activity, the central point of importance was the cross.” (Pages 4–5)

“Although there have been many schools with numerous names and various subtle nuances, generically there are only three kinds of theology historically—what we call Augustinianism, Semi-Pelagianism, and Pelagianism. In basic terms, Augustinianism holds that salvation rests on God’s grace alone; Semi-Pelagianism teaches that salvation rests on human cooperation with God’s grace; and Pelagianism believes that salvation can be achieved without God’s grace. Virtually every church in history has fallen into one of those three categories.” (Page 12)

The Truth of the Cross is the best book on the cross I have read. It is a “must” for every church library and a book that I will give away many times to friends. This is so because it is sober (i.e., it contains historically informed reflections on salient biblical texts), sensible (i.e., it is well-argued), simple (i.e., it holds the reader’s attention through grabbing illustrations and even a seventh-grader can its substance), and spiritual (i.e., it comes from a heart set ablaze by the Spirit).

Dr. Bruce K. Waltke, professor, Reformed Theological Seminary

The cross stands at the very center of our Christian lives. Still, many Christians are confused about the heart of the gospel, for many deviant views are in the air. R.C. Sproul blows the fog away in this wonderfully clear, theologically profound, and pastorally rich work. Learn afresh or anew what God has accomplished in the cross, so that you will boast only in the cross of Jesus Christ.

Dr. Thomas R. Schreiner, professor, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

The gospel is a message of good news that something extraordinary has happened. At the heart of that message is that Jesus, God the Son incarnate, has atoned for the sins of all His people, turning away the righteous wrath of God. The gospel is a cross-shaped message. Sadly, in our day, this message is being re-shaped into other forms, and the results are not happy. We can give thanks for this volume by R.C. Sproul, however, because in it he steps into the breach once more to provide a clear, concise, and thoughtful case for the biblical and historic Christian gospel of the cross.

Dr. R. Scott Clark, associate professor, Westminster Seminary California

R. C. Sproul

R. C. Sproul (1939– 2017) was a respected teacher, theologian, pastor. He was the founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries where he served as executive editor of Tabletalk magazine.

Sproul held degrees from Westminster College, Pittsburgh-Xenia Theological Seminary, Free University of Amsterdam, and Whitefield Theological Seminary. He taught at several colleges and seminaries including Reformed Theological Seminary and Knox Theological Seminary. He served as senior minister of preaching and teaching at Saint Andrew’s Chapel, in Sanford, Florida. Sproul’s teaching can be heard daily on the ‘Renewing Your Mind’ radio broadcast which plays in over 40 countries.

Sproul wrote over 70 books and articles including the classic The Holiness of God and several theological articles in Tabletalk magazine.


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  1. Jack Harper

    Jack Harper


    Wonderful, deeply encouraging. Dr. Sproul's sharp mind and loving heart expounding in a warm and engaging manner upon Jesus' atoning sacrifice. Highly recommend.
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