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The Cross accomplishes more than reconciliation. Sin goes deeper than relationship. Behind the sins there is sin. Sin may be pardoned; but, unless the sin can be purged, the root of the evil will remain. The Blood cleanses as well as cancels. The gospel of the Cross is that “the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” The believer is not only crucified with Christ. He is alive in Christ, and Christ lives in him. He is dead to sin, dead to self, dead to the world, dead to the law; and he is alive in Christ, identified with Christ, indwelt by Christ. The faith that rests upon substitution realizes the completeness of its identification. It is Christ who saves. There is no salvation in the Cross, but in the Christ who died and rose again. That gospel saves everywhere and to the uttermost. In it there is pardon for the sinner, cleansing for the defiled, and victory over the world, the flesh, and the devil.
During the 27 years Dr. Chadwick was the editor of Joyful News, as Easter drew near, it was his habit to write on some aspect of the Cross of Christ. This book is a selection of those writings.
Samuel Chadwick was born in the industrialized north of England in 1840 into a devout Methodist family. His father worked in a cotton mill and at the age of 8, Samuel joined him, working 12-hour shifts. At the age of 21, he became a lay pastor at Stacksteads in Lancashire.
After a major awakening and deepening of his faith in his late twenties via a personal epiphany in which he burned all his early sermons, he moved on to larger congregations and greater popularity, ending his career as Principal of Cliff College, a Methodist lay training center.
Chadwick began lecturing weekly at Cliff College in 1904, commuting from Leeds. In 1907, he was appointed to a faculty position as a biblical and theological tutor. Although he was doing mission work in the South Yorkshire coal fields when the principal of Cliff died in 1912, he immediately returned to the school and was formally appointed principal in 1913. While at Cliff, Chadwick wrote The Way to Pentecost, which went to print as he was dying in 1932.
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