Tim Challies is holding another time of Reading Classics Together. I thought I would join in. The last time He did this I did not know about it. You can still join in. We were supposed to read the forwards and the introduction by Thursday April 24. I missed the date and just read the intro tonight. This is actually my response to the reading. You can check out the this time of Reading Classics Together here

I liked reading the Introduction to Arthur Pink’s The Seven Sayings of the Saviour on the Cross.

SUMMARY
The introduction was about the Features of Christ’s Death. The four sections were that Jesus death was Natural, Unnatural, Preternatural, and Supernatural. While reading, I kept having to refer to a dictionary because He, Pink, uses a great vocabulary. Some of the words I did not know.

The fact that Jesus death was natural was that He was a human and that it was a real death. Jesus actually died, unlike what a lot of people like to say, that He really didn’t die. He actually died. He had to die or He didn’t pay for the sins of the people who believe in Him, which means we are still condemned if He didn’t die. Jesus death was unnatural. Why? Because He was sinless. Death is the result or consequence of sin and Jesus had none. Jesus death was preternatural. His death was planned before the foundation of the world. He was slain before the foundation of the world. Pink uses seven points to show how His death was supernatural.

DISCUSSION
The thing though is that Pink has a great vocabulary. I had to look in the dictionary for some of the words he used so I could understand what he was saying. I liked Pink’s discussion on the references to Christ’s death but the one that was most interesting to me was the fact that the death was supernatural. He stated that Jesus had complete control over His death. He was in control of His moment of death, just like Jesus said He was. He said He could lay down His life and take it up again. I don’t want to go through all seven points Pink uses to show that His death was supernatural. You’d do better reading the book and contemplating it yourself.

The next time I post about the book it will be about the First Chapter. You can still join in on the reading together. You can order the book on Amazon, Grace Books International, Monergism or the Westminter Seminary Bookstore. Check out Tim Challies original post on His blog.

For His Glory,
Mark