Subscribe now

The Cross in the Experience of our Lord

By R A Finlayson
October 2013 | Review by Richard Turner
  • Publisher: Christian Heritage (CFP)
  • ISBN: 978-1-78191-149-5
  • Pages: 112
  • Price: 5.99
Buy this book »

Book Review

The cross in the experience of our Lord
R. A. Finlayson
Christian Focus Publications, 112 pages, £5.99
ISBN: 978-1-78191-149-5
Star Rating :5

This book consists of a series of six messages originally given by Professor Finlayson at a Welsh Bible convention in 1954. It is printed under the ‘Christian Heritage’ imprint of Christian Focus, which aims to reprint ‘books representing some of the best material from the rich heritage of the church’. With this little book, the publishers have certainly succeeded in their objective.
    There is a helpful foreword by Carl R. Truman and then, for those (like me) who know nothing of Prof. Finlayson, an informative introduction to his life by I. R. MacDonald. This reveals him to have been a scholarly and devout man, a Mr Valiant for Truth and a man of truly catholic spirit.
    In the chapters that follow, Prof. Finlayson draws on his extensive knowledge of the Scriptures to bring before us various facets of what the cross meant to our Saviour.
    The opening chapter, based on 2 Corinthians 4:3-6, is entitled ‘The Creator as Redeemer’. In it we are invited, among other things, to see that ‘the first creation contains to the spiritual eye, a blueprint of the second creation’. This chapter leads on to the book’s second part, where his main theme is expounded.
    There is a chapter on Isaiah 53 entitled ‘Isaiah’s comprehensive view’, followed by a chapter called ‘The two feasts’, in which some wonderful insights are given into the institution of the Lord’s Supper, based on the author’s understanding of the order of events at the Passover feast.
    Further chapters, on Gethsemane (‘The cup and the conflict’), Christ’s trial (‘The Lamb for the sacrifice’) and crucifixion (‘The last offering’) are equally rewarding.
    Here is a book of fine preaching on the best of subjects. It will surely leave all believers who read it saying with the apostle Paul, ‘God forbid that I should glory save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ’. I heartily recommend this to all.
Richard Turner

Book Reviews

Read our latest book reviews

Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar Rating
Why Should I Trust the Bible?

We should trust the Bible, says Timothy Paul Jones, because it is ‘grounded in the words of a man who died and rose again’ (p.111). Jones’s basic presupposition is this: ‘If we live in a world where it is possible…

See all book reviews
Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar Rating
Who Am I? Human Identity and the Gospel in a Confusing World
Thomas Fretwell

In today’s secular society, religion is often regarded as without rational or scientific basis, and therefore irrelevant to life in the modern world and all areas of public engagement. If that is our social context, then it is no wonder…

Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar Rating
The Pastor’s Life: Practical Wisdom from the Puritans
Matthew D Haste & Shane W Parker

This book highlights ‘some of the many lessons that today’s pastors can learn from the Puritans’ (p.151). As such it is aimed at pastors, but the lessons are really for anyone who is a Christian leader. The opening chapter provides…

Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar Rating
5 Minutes in Church History: An Introduction to the Stories of God’s Faithfulness in the History of the Church
Stephen J Nichols

What a breath of fresh air this book is! Stephen Nichols has given us 40 vignettes from church history that are brief enough to be digested over a bowl of cereal. The book doesn’t aim to be a beginner’s guide…