The Magnitude of the Cross

Understanding the New Birth

Christian - Devotion/Study
284 Pages
Reviewed on 12/06/2018
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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Mankind can only be saved through Jesus Christ. The Magnitude Of The Cross: Understanding The New Birth by Darrell Conner is a profound and thought provoking book that speaks about God's plan for salvation and mankind's condition after the Fall. All humans enter the world now separated from God and the author speaks about the need to remedy that condition. More than just removing sin from our lives, we should concentrate on becoming one with God. The New Birth is just not about awakening or turning over a new leaf; it is more than that and the author explains and helps us understand the Magnitude of the Cross and the benefits and importance of having a New Covenant Relationship with God. As the book progresses, we understand God's will and Redemptive Plan for our lives, and the author removes many common misconceptions regarding God, salvation, and scriptures.

The author follows the scriptures closely and he uses many verses from the Bible to explain the points he discusses. The discussion is detailed, and the contents are well researched and will come in handy to many of us who are seeking God and want to know more about salvation, sacrifice, atonement, and many other facts related God and His plan of salvation for us. The explanations are well written and that makes it easy for any reader to understand this book. I found the book insightful and the topic will help us reflect on many factors; human faith, God's will for us, the possibility of salvation, and more. The author magnifies Christ and his work on the cross and will help us understand how Christ has accomplished the promises of God to mankind. Everything vital in regards to our relationship with God has also been discussed in this book.

K.C. Finn

The Magnitude of the Cross: Understanding the New Birth is a work of study and devotion in the faith of Christianity, penned by author Darrell Conner. What Conner presents in this work is a consideration of the concept of Salvation and the reasons why Jesus Christ was sent by God to save humanity and forgive its sins. Beginning as far back as the Fall of Lucifer, Conner explores the nature of sin and how it separates a person from God, as well as the concept of being ‘born again’ to truly come into God’s Kingdom. The King James version of the Bible is used in close connection with his study and ideas to illustrate them.

Not being a particularly religious person myself, I was impressed by the relevance to modern life that the work of Darrell Conner had in this text. His interpretations of scripture were close and loyal, but at the same time quite reasonable to the realities of what it’s like to try to pursue and understand faith in a modern world where sin and temptation abound even more than they did in the past. Conner’s writings are extensive but highly readable, and it’s clear to see he’s given considerable thought to the argument put forward, and attempted a compassionate helping hand for those struggling with the same questions. A volume for both the curious and the devout, I would definitely recommend The Magnitude of the Cross: Understanding the New Birth to any Christian, practicing or not, as a way of better understanding God’s purpose.

Romuald Dzemo

The Magnitude of the Cross: Understanding the New Birth by Darrell Conner is a devotional book that explores religious and spiritual themes, especially the question of the salvation and the fatherhood of God, the concept of being born again and what it actually signifies, and key points in the history of salvation. The author employs biblical texts to examine the concept of sin and offers fresh perspective on discipleship. The centrality of the cross becomes the heart of this book, expressing how the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus became the very center of rebirth for the new children of God.

The lessons, interpretations, and message of this book are grounded in scriptures. I enjoyed the author’s take on the work of the Spirit and what actually separates us from God. In the preface the author makes a powerful revelation: “It is a popular notion that we are separated from God because we sin, but the truth is that we sin because we are separated from God.” He then moves on to demonstrate how lack of knowledge and connection with God leads to the misery of sin.

This book contains the knowledge that most readers may already have, especially those who read their Bible regularly, but it is presented in a way that is organized, filled with relevant passages from scripture. I enjoyed the fact that the author allows the word of God to speak to readers. The Magnitude of the Cross: Understanding the New Birth is well researched, brilliantly presented, and accessible to ordinary readers. Darrell Conner’s book will edify believers and strengthen their faith.