J.C. Ryle helps us as believers focus our attention on the Cross of Christ as the essential message for the Christian. To read the whole article just click here.
"[The cross of Christ] is the subject [Paul] loved to dwell upon he wrote to believers. It is wonderful to observe how full his epistles generally are of the sufferings and death of Christ, how they run over with 'thoughts that breathe and words that burn' about Christ's dying love and power. His heart seems full of the subject: he enlarges on it constantly; he returns to it continually. It is the golden thread that runs through all his doctrinal teaching, and practical exhortations. He seems to think that the most advanced Christian can never hear too much about the cross.
This is what he lived upon all his life, from the time of his conversion. He tells the Galatians, 'The life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me' (Gal. 2:20). What made him so strong to labour? What made him so willing to work? What made him so unwearied in endeavouring to save some? What made him so persevering and patient? I will tell you the secret of it all. He was always feeding by faith on Christ's body and Christ's blood. Jesus crucified was the meat and drink of his soul."
This is a great reminder to all of us who claim the name of Christ. May we never get beyond the gospel but rather see that all of life and doctrine flow through Christ crucified.
Grace upon grace,