I recently had the opportunity to read through almost all of the books of R.C. Sproul. Along the way I built a collection of some of the best quotes from each one of them. Here are several of the best from Renewing Your Mind.
Biblical Christianity knows nothing of blind leaps. Blindness, in biblical categories, marks the unbelieving mind. Faith in the New Testament sense begins as a thinking response to a divine summons and activity.
The Bible promises over and over that Christians will suffer many things. Suffering allows us to share in the humiliation and suffering of our Lord; pain makes us more effective witnesses and more mature lovers of God, dependent on him for strength.
In the total perspective of the covenant of creation, the Old Testament is a history, not of severity, but of God’s continual, long-suffering mercy to his covenant-violating, life-forfeiting people.
The climax of creation occurs on the seventh day, the day given over to rest and holiness. God rests on the Sabbath and consecrates this rest as more than a respite from labor. The Sabbath points to the end of restlessness. Where there is anxiety, there is no rest; where there is sin, there is anxiety. Where the vertical relationship between humanity and God is broken, there can be no Sabbath.
In the covenant of creation, sin is a capital offense. That God does not enact the penalty immediately is an indication of his grace.
The church is the most important organization in the world. It is the target of every demonic, hostile attack in the universe. Jesus personally guaranteed that the gates of hell will never prevail against the church. He made no guarantee that the gates of hell would not be unleashed against it, however.
To give worship to Christ if he is less than God is to engage in heinous idolatry. If Jesus was only a creature, he deserved his ghastly death. Jesus wasn’t killed because he told people to love each other, but precisely because he claimed the prerogatives of Godhood.