More on the Cross-centered life

I am in sharing mode.  I am finding and enjoying various items of grace that are helping me in my pursuit of God, which is an active resting…a joyful wrestling…a hope-sustained run to a Promise given.  I want to digest and reaffirm to you these things I am blessed by, but I don’t want to delay in sharing, so if you are so inclined…enjoy the pursuit with me.

Today, began with the delight of being in my Fathers word.  And then in the course of fellowship with other believers through sermon, blog and shared thought…this quote came along which I want to pass along.  This quote originated from a Scottish pastor living in the 1800’s – Rev Hugh Martin.

“The Gospel, sir, is that you have no right to go to hell.  If you do so, you go there trampling on the Son of God.”

I’m also pasting in from a blog ( ) that shares a bit more on thoughts from this Scottish pastor on the Cross. 

Hugh Martin – Cross-centred

Over the last year or so I’ve been working on a thesis in relation to Hugh Martin and the doctrine of the atonement. It has been rich. Truly he is an overlooked gem for today’s church. If you want your soul blessed, read Hugh Martin. Much of his stuff is still in print, and all of it is excellent. Probably the two easiest to find are Christ for Us and The Shadow of Calvary. Much more could be said about him, but I won’t do that now. To whet your appetite, here is a quote from a sermon entitled Heart Plagues Cured where Martin links the power and means of sanctification to the cross, echoing Walter Marshall in some respects. 

Finally, I must again ask your attention to what was briefly noticed in the former discourse, namely that it is by a believing use of the cross that you are to slay your corruptions or cure your heart plagues. In proportion as you wander in spirit from the cross your plagues and besetting sins will revive. Your right and adequate return to the cross weakens and mortifies and kills them. All sanctification is from participating in the power of the cross. It is from communion in the death and resurrection of Christ. It is by being made conformable unto his death. If the body of sin is to be destroyed and you are not henceforth to serve sin, your old man must be crucified with Christ. You must be baptized into his death. You must make his death your own. You must drink the cup which he drank of and be baptized with the baptism wherewith he was baptized. Humiliation and holiness can be found by a sinner nowhere but the cross. And they cannot be carried away from the cross. You must make the cross itself yours if you are to make humiliation and holiness yours. He gave himself that he might redeem you from all iniquity. He loved you and gave himself for you that he might cleanse you with the washing of water by the word . . . All efforts after holiness and holy self-control apart from the cross will issue in proud self-righteousness or in a paralysing sense of failure. Ah! how very much the most advanced among us needs to search the treasures, not of peace only, but of sanctifying power with which the cross is replete!


“Do you mortify? Do you make it your daily work? Be always at it whilst you live; cease not a day from this work; be killing sin or it will be killing you.”    John Owen 
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