Tolle Lege: The Gospel for Real Life

Readability:  1

Length: 172 pp

Author: Jerry Bridges

Jerry Bridges constantly tells us to “preach the gospel to ourselves every day,” in his books. Although he works this out in all of his books, this is the entire focus in The Gospel for Real Life. Jerry looks at the major facets of the cross such as propitiation, ransom, and imputation, and then shows you their significance for everyday life. We never mature beyond the gospel, but only in the gospel; Bridges will simply and powerfully remind you of this.

I once read a story about two men who happened to be kneeling side by side at the communion rail of an English church. One was a former convict who had served time and was now out of prison.  The other was the judge who had sentenced him to prison years before.

After the service the minister asked the judge, “Did you recognize the man kneeling beside you?”

“Yes I did,” replied the judge.  “That was a miracle of grace.”

“You mean that a man you sentenced to prison should be kneeling beside you?”

“No, not at all,” said the judge.  “The miracle is that I should be kneeling beside him.  You see, that man knew clearly he was a sinner in need of a Savior.  But I was brought up in a religious home, have lived a decent, moral life, and have served my community.  It is much more difficult for someone such as I to recognize his need for a Savior.  I am the miracle of grace.”

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