God's Word teaches us that "we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit" (2 Cor. 3:18). One of the most joyous and challenging aspects of the Christian life is slowing down to behold the Person and work of Jesus Christ. One of the benefits of abiding in Christ is that Jesus' presence brings fullness of joy (John 15:11).
Christ Victorious by Hugh Martin is a masterfully-crafted blend of devotional and theological writing to help us behold Christ. These selected writings highlight the glory and victory of Jesus' person and work. Martin (1822-1885) writes with the theological depth of a towering theologian and the warmth of a caring pastor committed to God's work in the local church. There is no sense that Martin was either stuck with his head in the clouds or too down-to-earth to bring rich doctrinal truth to the church. He brought theology and practice together in these great writings.
Writing in the 1800's, Martin's focus on victory isn't the diet theology of soft prosperity found on bookstore shelves and in digital shopping carts today. Rather, his focus is on the power of Christ's working to defeat death and attain salvation for His sheep. He brought more than the cheap grace of the health and wealth shysters—he brought the gospel.
Christ Victorious brings the message of the atonement, victory over death, justification, the Trinity, and much more. Christ is certainly victorious, and readers will benefit tremendously from this wonderful work.
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