In speaking of the passing of a fellow man of God, R.C. Sproul, theologian, teacher, and founder of Ligonier Ministries, said at the time,“A mighty general has fallen on the field, in valiant service to his Lord.”¹ Yesterday, R.C., as he was known to many, passed away and the same tribute can be paid to him. He labored to preserve the purity & simplicity of the gospel, and he was a great communicator of gospel truths. I am personally indebted in my spiritual growth to his many lectures on video (at ligonier.org) and his books (Knowing Scripture, The Holiness of God, The Consequences of Ideas, etc.). In the final line from his final sermon (11/26) on Hebrews 2:1-4, he said: “I pray with all my heart that God will awaken each one of us today to the sweetness, the loveliness, the glory of the gospel declared by Christ.”
Below is a sermon of his which pastor and speaker Kevin DeYoung writes as being “one of the best sermons I’ve ever heard.” In it, R.C. says, “I suspect that when my eyes open in heaven in the first five minutes of my beginning of eternity there I will be absolutely staggered at the sudden increase of understanding that will come to me when I behold the Lamb who was slain and to hear the angels and archangels singing in my ears,’Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive, honor and glory, riches and dominion.’ And to see the Apostle Paul and say ‘Thank You for knowing nothing but Christ and Him crucified.'”
I expect that when I reach heaven’s eternal shores, among those whom I will thank for their faithful teaching of the gospel, there will be few more important than R.C.
May God be praised for the eternal work of this His faithful servant!
¹Michael Horton, R. C. Sproul: In Memoriam, https://www.whitehorseinn.org/2017/12/r-c-sproul-in-memoriam/