The Cross and the Double-Edged Sword
The Cross and the Double-Edged Sword is my response to repeated studies in the book of Revelation. Â Running through Revelation are two dominant themes: the wrath of God against sin, and 2) divine calls for repentance. Â Many people today assume that God loves everyone. Many churches portray God as a benign, doting grandfather who loves even the most vile sinners. Â They also look at Jesus Christ exclusively as Savior. Â The Bible often describes Jesus as having “a double-edged sword” coming out of His mouth. Â It also describes Him as “the avenger of blood.” Â Christ Himself told His disciples that the whole Old Testament was about Him. Â Consequently, there are numerous pictures of Christ in the Old Testament, some of them picturing Him as “the ruler of nations.” Â I have tried to capture some of those pictures in this book, looking intently at the Biblical text and backing my observations with some 250 references, mostly from Scripture itself. Â I also take the time to reflect on the ways that Muslims distort the messages of God’s Word and claim themselves to be God’s executioners. Â Some readers may be offended when I claim that “God hates sin and sinners,” but that is balanced by the doctrine of justification, which results in sainthood. Â This is contrary to the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox distortions of sainthood. Â The Pauline epistles are addressed to the “saints” living in various cities and churches, coupling that with powerful explanations about Christ’s substitutionary death on the cross, satisfying the wrath of God against the sin of His chosen people. Â The Cross and the Double-Edged Sword are inextricably linked.
Paperback: pages 148
Publisher: Redeemer Books; First edition (2017)