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The Priest with Dirty Clothes

By R.C. Sproul

Hardcover. 45 Pages


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In this classic story Dr. R.C. Sproul continues his project of illustrating theological concepts for children. The Priest with Dirty Clothes teaches the concept of imputation, which lies at the heart of the important biblical doctrine of justification. 

Using the story of Joshua the high priest (Zechariah 3:1–5) as his jumping-off point, Dr. Sproul weaves a classic tale about a young priest who is invited to preach his first sermon before the king and his court. But on his way to the palace, he falls from his horse, getting his clothes hopelessly muddy. Jonathan finds that he needs powerful help if he is to stand before the king. This edition of The Priest with Dirty Clothes includes all-new illustrations by Justin Gerard and a new “For the Parents” section to help them bring out the truths of the book for their children.


“The Priest with Dirty Clothes is my attempt to help children understand one of the most difficult concepts of Christianity - how we are made acceptable to God through Jesus Christ's righteousness..."


RC Sproul never fails to teach immense theological concepts to young minds. This story breaks down the notion that we can "get to heaven" or obtain favor from God by doing good works. How glorious that Jesus himself takes our shameful dirty clothes on himself and exchanges his perfect beautiful clothes to us!
- C. Koppin

The Priest With Dirty Clothes is story based on Zechariah 3:1-5. The story illustrates the theological realities that emerge, including justification by faith alone and imputation. At the end of the day, Sproul intends to communicate rich biblical truth that make up the gospel message. The story-telling vehicle is a creative way to drive these important truths into the hearts and minds of children. Sproul's book is beautifully illustrated and is appropriate for young children and pre-teens. But the message Sproul communicates is for everyone - namely, sinners need a new set of clothes; they need a new heart. And Christ, our great high priest is the only One qualified to grant what we need most.
- Dr. David Steele