This is another book that has been on my to-read list for quite some time. It’s a short book of less than 100 pages that gives a clear explanation of the Christian faith. Crystal clear. I have read and heard plenty of explanations of the Christian faith and what it means to become a Christian, but wow, this was excellent. I have never read anything by Spurgeon, but this makes me want to read everything by him. In short, he explains what it means that “it is God that justifies” and that “by grace you are saved through faith.” He spends a great deal of time explaining what faith is (that it is made up of knowledge, belief, and trust, and what each of those actually mean) and then uses many images to further illustrate faith. He then spends a few chapters explaining why repentance and forgiveness are inextricably intertwined and how repentance is given. He closes by expounding upon the fact that once a person has trusted in Christ for their salvation they cannot lose it. If they have truly believed, the Lord is faithful to keep His own, and they are secure and confirmed in Him.
This book is simply excellent. If you are a Christian, it will serve you well to remember and reflect upon your redemption, and it will hopefully provide you with many new images and illustrations to help explain your faith. If you are not a Christian, this is book has the best balance of thoroughness and clarity and simplicity of any explanation of the Christian faith I have come across, and it would serve you well to read it. Even if you think you already know what Christianity is all about. Because I’m a Christian, and I’m still learning what it’s all about! I am thankful for the many godly men and women who have written down their thoughts over the years in order to help others grow in their understanding of this good (great!) news.