Is Jesus After Depth or Breadth?

Late nineteenth century pastor and Scottish theologian PT Forsyth answers:

A gospel deep enough has all the breadth of the world in its heart

…while Christ and Christianity did come to make us broad men, it did not come to do that in the first instance. It came to make us deep men. The living interest of Christ and of the Holy Spirit is not breadth, but it is depth. Christ said little that was wide compared with what He said piercing and searching…A gospel deep enough has all the breadth of the world in its heart. If we are only deep enough the breadth will take care of itself. I would…rather have one man who was burning deep, even though he wanted to burn me for my modern theology, than I would have a broad, hospitable, and thin theologian who was willing to take me in and a nondescript crowd of others in a sheet let down from heaven, but who had no depth, no fire, no skill to search, and no power to break. For the deep Christianity is that which not only searches us, but breaks us. And a Christianity which would exclude none has no power to include the world.” [The Work of Christ, 61-62. Accessed online: http://www.newcreation.org.au/books/pdf/277_WorkOfChrist.pdf (July 26, 2012).]

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