Old fossils unsuited to the present times!
(J.C. Ryle, 1884)
"For if the trumpet makes an uncertain sound, who will prepare himself for battle?" 1 Corinthians 14:8
We need a more certain sound about the work and offices of our Lord Jesus Christ. Men nowadays will dwell exclusively on His prophetic office, the beauty of His personal character, the splendid example of His kindness, patience, condescension, purity, and self-denial. All this, however true, is only half the truth — and by far the least important half too.
The main thing about Christ, of which this age never hears enough, is . . .
the atonement He made by His death,
His vicarious sacrifice on the Cross,
the redemption He obtained for man by His blood,
His victory over the grave by His resurrection,
His active life of intercession at God's right hand,
and the absolute necessity of simple faith in Him.
These blessed truths are seldom made enough of in this day. They are either judiciously dropped as offensive — or coolly left in the background as old fossils unsuited to the present times! If there is not a vast amount of veiled heresy around us, I am greatly mistaken.
"Ask for the old paths, where the good way is — and walk in it. Then you will find rest for your souls." Jeremiah 6:16