inREVIEW — The Jesus You Can’t Ignore, by John MacArthur

by Lee Buford on July 13, 2010

In order to speak intelligently of any person or subject a thorough knowledge or understanding is required. That said, how much more imperative is it that we have a deep-rooted knowledge of the One in whom we place our eternal existence and faith?

Sadly, it seems, far too many Christians have an elementary knowledge of the Jesus they call “Lord and Savior.”

John MacArthur’s The Jesus You Can’t Ignore is an excellent source from which to gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of the authentic Jesus. And it should be noted that, in many respects, the “authentic” version of Jesus may be quite different than you have heard portrayed in sermons and books along the journey of your Christian walk.

In today’s Christianity it is far more appealing to speak of and emphasize a Jesus whom some might call the “loving, gracious, big man upstairs.” As a result the emerging theologies and prosperity gospels have, in many cases, led to a false and incomplete understanding of a holy and righteous God who did not, does not, and will never tolerate sin in any form. Packed with scripture and factual accounts from the Bible, MacArthur’s book does an excellent job clarifying this for the previously misinformed reader.

At one point in the book MacArthur uses an excellent quote from Charles Spurgeon which accurately portrays who Jesus is and what He’s all about in the entirety of His character:

“… The character is balanced; as much of one virtue as another. As in Deity every attribute is full orbed; justice never eclipses mercy, nor mercy justice, nor justice faithfulness; so in the character of Christ you have all the excellent things.”

We must be willing to understand and acknowledge the comprehensiveness of the attributes of our Lord and Savior, the vast righteousness of the character which constitutes the make-up of the Son of God Himself. This is not always easy or convenient for most, but it is necessary if we are going to faithfully love Him, love others, and make disciples of all the nations as He has called us to do.

There are just some things you can’t ignore!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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Slstroup5 October 20, 2010 at 2:28 am

this is a good read! skimmed it thus far, but good.


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