The Apostolic Preaching of the Cross Hardcover – 1955
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Luther's Nr 1 thesis of the 95 nailed to the Wittenburg Church door, was:
'That the life of the faithful should be one of perpetual repentance.'
This was obviously, at that time, intended to counter the repentance brought through mass, confession to a priest and other means invented by Catholicism. Today, the need for repentance is once again being downplayed by those wishing to describe God as so 'loving'.
'Wrath has occupied such an important place in the argument leading up to this section (Romans 3:21-31) that we are justified in looking for some expression indicative of its cancellation in the process which brings about salvation.' p 169
The word-study of the major words in soteriology is exegesis of the highest biblical standard.
'It was inevitable that the wrath of God should be the divine reaction to sin.' p 253
Overall, this is a great resource to use when studying the subject of the Cross (not to mention a great example of how a word study is done). Morris provides what I would consider to be a definitive work. My only criticism of the author is his propensity to go too deep, providing some details that I am not sure anyone would ever need to know! Otherwise, this is a great reference for sermon preparation or academic study.
If one cannot meet at least a couple of these, it would be better for now to read something less academic but just as useful. In short, I give Leon Morris five stars, but this ranking is conditional on it being the correct choice for a particular reader. As the Brits like to say, "Different horses for different courses."
I must reluctantly add, however, that the Greek font used in the Kindle edition is bizarre and irritating, sometimes truly obnoxious. Apostolic Preaching of the Cross
I should point out that a companion volume by the same author, The Atonement, is basically a rewrite of this book in simpler language, written for lay-people without knowledge of Hebrew and Greek.