This quote from John C. Ryle regarding the power that is in preaching the cross that Jesus died upon, as John the Baptist said, takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29).
No friends, the cross upon which Jesus Christ died is the single act of God that makes the difference for every person and their life here on earth as well as their eternal life after death.
The cross exonerates a person from God's judgment upon them, where it relieves them from any obligation, duty, or task of self-redemption, which fails to satisfy God.
Matthew Henry says regarding these words of wisdom are, "the flourish of oratory, or the accuracies of philosophical language, upon which the Greeks so much prided themselves, and which seem to have been the peculiar recommendations of some of the heads of the faction in this church that most opposed this apostle. He did not preach the gospel in this manner, lest the cross of Christ should be of no effect, lest the success should be ascribed to the force of art, and not of truth; not to the plain doctrine of a crucified Jesus, but to the powerful oratory of those who spread it, and hereby the honour of the cross be diminished or eclipsed."
Question: Is the plain doctrine of a crucified Jesus preached significantly today? Why, or why not?
Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
The quote above was posted by a person who commented on a post regarding Rick Warren at The Crosstalk Blog.