Monday 18 July 2016

The Victory of the Lamb by Frederick S. Leahy

Reading good books can really help your spiritual progress. This summer I have been enjoying a small but punchy book by Professor Leahy. The author is now with the Lord, but his writings are here for our profit and this book is one of a number written by him which are worthwhile reading.

I think that there is a present general deficiency in the presentation of the gospel. What is that deficiency? Generally speaking the atonement secured by the Lord Jesus is one that is primarily seen by many as only the victory of Jesus over sin. However, Fred Leahy rightly explains that actually it is the victory of Jesus over "sin, death and Satan". Is this how you understand the atonement? This little book is well worth reading and I commend it to Christians, elders and ministers. Its message will expand your vision of the victory of Christ and equip the church to stand firm (Ephesians 6).

Revelation 20:10-15: "And the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire".

These are verses that we should all meditate upon and contemplate. It is my joy to urge Christians to read good books. There are so many books that sometimes carry the name Christian, but one wonders at times what type of Christianity do they represent? This book by Fred Leahy represents Christianity of the first order. A gospel of power and victory but of reality in this fallen world. Read it, enjoy it and recommend it to others.

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