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R.C. Sproul – The Incomparable Perfection of Jesus

17 Jul

One of the strange facts of history is the consistently good reputation Jesus of Nazareth enjoys even with unbelievers. It is rare for an unbeliever to speak unkindly of Jesus. People who are openly hostile to the church and who hold Christians in contempt are often unsparing in their praise for Jesus. Even Friedrich Nietzsche, who announced the death of God and lamented the decadence of the church, spoke of Jesus as a model of the heroic. In the final years of his life, which were spent in a lunatic asylum, Nietzsche expressed his own insanity by signing his letters, “The Crucified One.”

The overwhelming testimony of the world is to the incomparable perfection of Jesus. Even George Bernard Shaw, when critical of Jesus, could think of no higher standard than Christ Himself. He said of Jesus, “There were times when he did not behave as a Christian.” We cannot miss the irony of Shaw’s criticism.

In terms of moral excellence, even those who do not ascribe to the deity or saviorhood of Christ applaud Jesus the man. Like Pontius Pilate they declare, “Ecce homo. ” “Behold the man!” “I find no fault in Him.”

~R.C. Sproul~


The Holiness of God (Carol Stream, IL; Tyndale House Publishers; 1998) Ch. 4: The Trauma of Holiness

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R.C. Sproul – Sin Is Cosmic Treason

16 Jan

Sin is cosmic treason. Sin is treason against a perfectly pure Sovereign. It is an act of supreme ingratitude toward the One to whom we owe everything, to the One who has given us life itself. Have you ever considered the deeper implications of the slightest sin, of the most minute peccadillo? What are we saying to our Creator when we disobey Him at the slightest point? We are saying no to the righteousness of God. We are saying, “God, Your law is not good. My judgment is better than Yours. Your authority does not apply to me. I am above and beyond Your jurisdiction. I have the right to do what I want to do, not what You command me to do.”

~R.C. Sproul~


The Holiness of God (Carol Stream, IL; Tyndale House Publishers; 1998) p. 116

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R.C. Sproul – A Sacrifice of Faith

30 Aug

The single most important thing to understand about worship is that the only worship that is acceptable to God is worship that proceeds from a heart that is trusting in God, and in God alone.

~R.C. Sproul~




A Taste of Heaven: Worship in the Light of Eternity (Lake Mary, FL; Reformation Trust; 2006) Ch. 2: Sacrifices in Faith

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R.C. Sproul – Can We Stomach God’s Holiness?

16 Aug

Our thinking goes like this: If there is a God at all, He is certainly not holy. If He is perchance holy, He is not just. Even if He is both holy and just, we need not fear because His love and mercy override His holy justice. If we can stomach His holy and just character, we can rest in one thing: He cannot possess wrath.

If we think soberly for five seconds, we must see our error. If God is holy at all, if God has an ounce of justice in His character, indeed if God exists as God, how could He possibly be anything else but angry with us? We violate His holiness; we insult His justice; we make light of His grace. These things can hardly please Him.

~R.C. Sproul~


The Holiness of God (Carol Stream, IL; Tyndale House Publishers; 1998) Chapter 9: God In the Hands of Angry Sinners

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R.C. Sproul – Something By Nothing?

31 Jul

Some modern theorists believe that the world was created by nothing. Note the difference between saying that the world was created from nothing and saying that the universe was created by nothing. In this modern view the rabbit comes out of the hat without a rabbit, a hat, or even a magician. The modern view is far more miraculous than the biblical view. It suggests that nothing created something. More than that, it holds that nothing created everything-quite a feat indeed!    

~R.C. Sproul~


The Holiness of God (Carol Stream, IL; Tyndale House Publishers; 1998) Chapter 1: The Holy Grail

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R.C. Sproul – Does Justification Matter To You?

20 Jul

As sinners with recalcitrant hearts, human beings have no fear of the justice of God, in part because they are ignorant of his Law and additionally because, when they are aware of it, they hold it in contempt. We have all become, as Jeremiah said of Israel, like a harlot who has lost the capacity to blush (Jer. 6:15; 8:12). We assume that our works are good enough to pass the scrutiny of God at the final tribunal. And we do this despite the apostolic warning that by the works of the Law shall no flesh be justified (Rom. 3:20).

People who consider themselves just enough in their own goodness do not tremble before the Law and feel no need for the gospel. For such, the matter of justification is not of great importance. It is merely a “doctrine,” and to the contemporary church few things are deemed less important than doctrine.

~R.C. Sproul~


Justified by Faith Alone (Wheaton, IL; Crossway Books; 2010) p. 11

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R.C. Sproul – Comfortable in God’s Presence

12 Jul

The struggle we have with a holy God is rooted in the conflict between God’s righteousness and our unrighteousness. He i5 just, and we are unjust. This tension creates fear, hostility, and anger within us toward God. The unjust person does not desire the company of a just judge. We become fugitives, fleeing from the presence of One whose glory can blind us and whose justice can condemn us. We are at war with Him unless or until we are justified. Only the justified person can be comfortable in the presence of a holy God.

~R.C. Sproul~


The Holiness of God (Carol Stream, IL; Tyndale House Publishers; 1998) Chapter 7: War & Peace with a Holy God

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