Easter, the Gospel, and Liberty | Quotes and Resources for Study

Easter, the Gospel, and Liberty

May the following quotes, compiled by Mrs. Ruth Smith, enrich your study of liberty, Christ, and the Gospel this Easter season.

The Apostle Paul

Paul summarized the Gospel in I Corinthians 15: 3-4: For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again according to the scriptures.”

Noah Webster

Noah Webster defined the gospel as “The history of the birth, life, actions, death, resurrection, ascension and doctrines of Jesus Christ . . .”

Matthew Henry

“The doctrine of Christ’s death and resurrection is at the foundation of Christianity. Remove this foundation, and the whole fabric falls, all our hopes for eternity sink at once. . . . . The crucifixion of our Redeemer and his conquest over death are the very source of our spiritual life and hopes.”
Matthew Henry, Commentary

Mrs. Ruth Smith

When an individual receives the gift of the gospel, Christ dwells in his heart. The indwelling Christ is ready to direct and control each thought and action of his life. The individual must consent to this direction and control. This is Christian self government, the spirit of the law.”  Ruth Smith, Self Government with Union

Recommended Reading

One Lesson- All of History

Christ Changed History

Christianity Turned the World Upside Down

Easter Remembrance

Remembering the Price He Paid

Teaching Tips and Resources

Leading Ideas

Student Recording

Maps | Geographical Essay

Research, Reason, Relate, & Record

Example Notebook Entry

Teaching Resources & Student Page

Questions for Reflection

  1. How do the law and the gospel work together to govern the individual?
  2. How do external law and internal self government (the gospel) work together in America’s form of civil government?

Taken from Self Government with Union by Mrs. Ruth Smith, Teacher’s Guide



MRS. RUTH J. SMITH is co-founder and President of the Pilgrim Institute, author and master teacher. Her most recent publications are a series of elementary history student texts and teacher guides, entitled The Mighty Works of God. The first four volumes are Self Government, Liberty and Justice for All, Divine Providence and Self Government with Union. She is also co-author of the manual Restoring America’s Heritage of Pastoral Leadership and author of the section on “Teaching America’s Christian History in the Elementary School”, published in A Guide to American Christian Education for the Home and School by Mr. James B. Rose. Other publications include two elementary history guides, combined efforts with Lynn Meier and Jeanette Whittaker. Mrs. Smith assists American Christians through seminars, Rudiments of America’s Christian History and Government courses, Advanced Institutes, Conferences, and consultation for American Christian schools. Her example and faithful teaching efforts have benefited individuals, families, and schools nationwide. She has over 50 years of teaching and administrative experience in American Christian education, spanning the elementary, secondary, college, and adult levels. A mother of three grown daughters, she enjoyed the opportunity to assist in the education of eight grandchildren.

Materials Available by Mrs. Ruth Smith
A Biblical View of Government
The Providential Approach of History
Why America’s Christian History and Government
The Character and Destiny of Free Government
Constitution Day Bundle
The Pilgrims and Their Pastor
Restoring America’s Biblical Foundations DVD’s
Restoring America’s Biblical Foundations Study Kit
Every Teacher is a Teacher of History
This Nation Under God
American Voluntarism
Why America’s Chr. History and Gov’t
Teaching Biblical Ideas and Reasoning
“For Such a Time as This”
Presenting Leading Ideas in Daily Lessons
The Providential View of History
The American Christian Home
The Mighty Works of God: Self Government
Leadership in the Home, Church and Nation
Restoring America’s Heritage of Pastoral Leadership
Teaching Christopher Columbus and the Discovery of the New World
Teaching Christopher Columbus in the Primary Grades
Teacher’s Guide Divine Providence
The Mighty Works of God: Divine Providence
 Teacher’s Guide Liberty and Justice for All
 The Mighty Works of God: Liberty and Justice for All
 Teacher’s Guide Self Government
The Mighty Works of God: Self Government with Union
Teacher’s Guide Self Government with Union
America’s Future Decided at Home: The American Christian Home (eBook) 
Perpetuating the Legacy of Liberty 
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