I have been reading, or should I say re-reading, Words to the Winners of Soulsby Horatius Bonar. It has been an enlightening read, at times convicting and at other times encouraging, usually the former. There is one passage I could not help but share. Bonar writes of the gospel:

“All other things are but opiates, drugs, quackeries; this is the divine medicine; this is the sole, the speedy, the eternal cure. It is not by “opinion” that we are to meet “opinion”; it is the Truth of God that we are to wield; and applying the edge of the “sword of the Spirit” to the theories of man (which he proudly calls his “opinions”), make him feel what a web of sophistry and folly he has been weaving for his own entanglement and ruin.

It is not opinions that man needs: it is Truth. It is not theology: it is God. It is not religion: it is Christ. It is not literature and science; but the knowledge of the free love of God in the gift of His only-begotten Son.” (page 7)

There are two main reasons that I like this quote. First, It draws the lines for our apologetics. The unbeliever brings to us their “opinions”, their beliefs about the world, and they expect us to give hearty approval to them. But when all is said and done, they are but mere “opinion” or should I say they are “futile speculations” (Rom. 1:21).  They are empty notions about a world in which they live, which are not just devoid of truth, but are the result of suppressing the truth (Rom. 1:18). Let us not play parlor games with the unbeliever, but rather let us speak the truth in love. When they offer their opinions, let us give them the truth.

The second thing I would like to highlight is the focal point of the gospel. Bonar reminds us that the gospel is bound in the Truth and not merely in opinion. He reminds us that at the heart of a mans need is not just a knowledge of God, but the need for God to act in their life. He reminds us that the gospel is about more that outward religious performances; it is about knowing Christ. And most importantly that the gospel is not just about stories it is about God demonstrating His love toward His people through the death of His Only-begotten Son, so that by His grace they may trust in Him.

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