The Character of Christ

Weight 0.187 kg
Dimensions 12.1 × 1 × 18.1 cm
ISBN 9781800403321
Binding

Paperback, eBook (ePub & Kindle), Paperback & eBook (ePub & Kindle)

format

Book

page-count

176

topic

Jesus Christ, Sanctification

Recent Pub Date Year

2023

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Book Description

Most experienced Christians are familiar with the Fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians. Love, peace, patience, and so on are often considered both gracious marks of true Christian character and ideals to aim for. But what do they look like when lived to the fullest?

This book answers this question by studying the fullness of the Fruit of the Spirit in the life of Christ. In a warm and engaging style, Jonathan Cruse examines these godly attributes in the Lord’s example, comparing them with our own faltering efforts at holiness, and shows how only the power of God himself can truly conform us to Christ. The work is his, not ours – and this is good news for all those who yearn for greater sanctification.

About the Author

Jonathan Landry Cruse studied theology at Westminster Seminary California. He is an author, hymnwriter, and the pastor of Community Presbyterian Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Jonathan is husband to Kerri Ann and a father of three.

Table of Contents Expand ↓

  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction: This Is Not a How-to Book
    • Biblical and Christological Background
    • His Spirit, Our Spirit
  1. The Love of God Made Manifest
    • Defining Love
    • Discovering Love
    • Desiring Love
  2. The Joy of Your Master
    • The Embodiment of Joy
    • The Source of Joy
    • The Permanence of Joy
    • The Place of Joy
  3. He Himself Is Our Peace
    • Eternal Peace
    • Internal Peace
    • External Peace
  4. Consider Him Who Endured
    • Forbearance
      • Repent
      • Represent
    • Long-suffering
  5. When Kindness Appeared
    • Kindness Incarnate
    • Three Scenes
      • Kindly feeding
      • Kindly healing
      • Kindly forgiving
    • Just Be Kind?
  6. ‘Why Do You Call Me Good?’
    • Goodness in Creation and Providence
    • Goodness in Question
    • Goodness in Redemption
    • Goodness in Me
  7. Faithful to Him Who Appointed Him
    • The ‘What’ of Christ’s Faithfulness
      • He manifested God’s name
      • He preached God’s word
      • He kept God’s people
      • Objection(s)!
    • The ‘So What?’ of Christ’s Faithfulness
  8. ‘I Am Gentle’
    • Two Characteristics
      • Gentleness
      • Lowliness
    • An Imperative
    • An Invitation
  9. ‘Not My Will but Yours Be Done’
    • What It Is
    • Why We Need It
    • How We Get It
      • The life of Jesus
      • The life of Faith
  • Conclusion: Beautiful Saviour, Beautiful Saints
  • FOR FURTHER STUDY AND DISCUSSION

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  1. Luke

    Wonderful little book!

  2. Sam

    There are not many books that just let you see Jesus. This book does that, therefore it should be among the top reads for 2023. While reading, it has brought about meditation, awe, and worship. Understanding the Spirit and His fruit is important and a blessing, but seeing it lived out in the life of Christ is amazing. Seeing Jesus as the man who walked in the fullness of the fruit of the Spirit has led to tears of joy and conviction of the ebb of the fruit in my own life. Don’t let this book pass you by. As the author says, ‘this is not a how to book.’ See and savor Christ and the Holy Spirit and their work in your life.

  3. Jeannette

    A gem of a book. It stirs in me a deeper desire to be like Christ. I pray that God will use this book in a mighty way to revive the church. It would be great for a book study.

  4. Adrian

    Fantastic, easy to read, enjoyed the various glances at the original Hebrew and Greek, combined with Puritan quotes and today’s teaching to give a more in-depth look into the character of Christ. Lovely paper and print, do quite like embossed lettering on the cover. May read again at some point.

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