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The Designs of the Death of Christ

John Roberts, Llanbrynmair

Edited and Introduced by Dr Alan C. Clifford

20 pages pbk £2.00 (p&p extra)

ISBN 978-0-9555165-9-7

Available from 1 March 2014 from
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Two-hundred years ago, a small Welsh book of only 24 pages was published in Carmarthen. Despite its brief and biblically-balanced summary of the Christian Gospel, it created a nationwide furore among Christians. Its author was John Roberts, pastor of the Independent Church at Llanbrynmair. Here is the heart of his compassionate thesis. Do we need to be challenged afresh by his vision?

How could the calls of the Gospel be more general than they are? "Look unto me, and be saved all the ends of the earth." - "Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters." - "Compel them to come in." - "Whosoever will, let him come and take of the water of life freely." The Gospel proclaims blessings of infinite value unto every soul, which every way suit his state and condition. The ground and foundation of these gracious calls, invitations, and expostulations, can be no other than the sacrifice of Christ...We are to preach the Gospel to every creature; - and to preach the Gospel, is to preach Christ crucified. The sacrifice of Christ is the foundation; preaching repentance and forgiveness of sins is the superstructure; and how can the superstructure be of greater extent than the foundation? Must not both be commensurate? I am not able to see how the one can be more general than the other. And you know there are the same general expressions used respecting the designs of the death of Christ, as there are to express invitations of the Gospel. "Who gave himself a ransom for all." "That he by the grace of God should taste death for every man." He is the propitiation "for the sins of the whole world."