The righteousness which is needed to save us must be perfect. Indeed, God will accept nothing less than perfection (Hebrews 7:19). So either we have to be perfect in and of ourselves, or we need to be presented to God in the person of someone who actually is perfect.
This is another reason why our faith can never be our savior, for our faith is not yet perfect. I don’t know any believer who claims to have perfect faith. Doubtless our faith is growing; but, for that very reason, it cannot be considered perfect! It still has a long way to go! Here’s the truth of the matter, since that which is imperfect cannot justify, an imperfect faith can in no way be counted as a perfect righteousness.
Faith can not and will not rival the person of Christ for our justification. Saving faith, as it were, knows that Jesus is already perfect! He is “the Lamb without blemish and without spot” (1 Peter 1:19). “He did no sin” (1 Peter 2:22). “He knew no sin” (2 Corinthians 5:21), “In Him was no sin” (1 John 3:5). He was blameless in His actions, irreproachable in His motives, flawless in His thinking and sinlessly pure in all things. He is perfect!
Pastor Miles Mckee
Printed in the bulletin of the First Baptist Church, Almont MI
Posted in Faith, Jesus Christ, Justification, Miles McKee, Salvation, The Christian Life | Tagged Christianity, faith, Jesus Christ, Justification, Salvation, Savior |
I know and believe that I am a child of God, yet in my flesh dwells no good thing. While it is true that sin still abounds in me, it is also true that grace much more abounds through the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 5:20). He is my righteousness, though I am full of unrighteousness; He is my goodness, though I am thoroughly evil. His riches stand for my poverty and His mercy for my misery. I am indeed corrupt in myself, but perfect in my Savior. Since I know that if I look within I will find no cause for rejoicing, I will look instead by faith upon that One who of God is made unto me “Wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification and redemption” (1 Cor 1:30) and I will rejoice in Him. I am assured from the Book of God that “I am complete in Him” (Colossians 2:10). In Christ I am liberally supplied with all I need; I am filled to total fulness with everything that is required to enable me to stand acceptably before an infinitely holy God forevermore.
Pastor Jim Byrd
Printed in the bulletin of the Thirteenth Street Baptist Church, Ashland KY
Posted in Grace, Jesus Christ, Jim Byrd, Sin, The Christian Life, The Word of God | Tagged Christianity, complete in Christ, Grace, Jim Byrd, Sin |
We must be very clear in telling the sinner that there is no hope for him anywhere else but in Christ. Nine out of ten of the arrows in a minister’s quiver ought to be shot at the sinner’s good works, for these are his worst enemies. That “deadly doing” that needs to be cast “down at Jesus’ feet,” — that trying to be or to feel something in order that they may save themselves, — this is the curse of many.
O sinner, if, from the crown of thy head to the soles of thy feet, there is no sound part in thee, but thou art full of wounds; and bruises, and putrefying sores, yet, if thou wilt but believe in Jesus, He will make thee whole every whit, and thou shalt go thy way a sinner saved by grace.
printed in the bulletin of the First Baptist Church in Almont, MI
Posted in Charles Spurgeon, Grace, Jesus Christ, Mercy, Salvation, Self-Righteousness, Sin | Tagged Christ Jesus, Christianity, good works, Gospel, Grace, Salvation, sinner |
Though all other things do, yet Christ never can become uninteresting. The beauty of the Rose of Sharon is never lost or withered. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. As His body in the grave saw no corruption, so neither can His love, or any of His excellencies. Other beauties have their prime and their fading, but Christ abides eternally. Our delight in creatures is often most at first acquaintance; when we come nearer to them, our delight is abated; but the longer you know Christ, and the nearer you come to Him, still the more do you see of His glory. Every farther prospect of Christ entertains the mind with fresh delight. Blessed be God for Jesus Christ.
printed in the bulletin of the First Baptist Church, Almont MI
Posted in Jesus Christ, John Flavel | Tagged Christianity, Jesus Christ |
“He taketh away the first that He may establish the second.” Hebrews 10:9
The key word in the book of Hebrews is the word ‘better’ (Hebrews 1:4). We have a better hope, a better testament, established on better promises and a better sacrifice. When will men and women lose interest in religious ceremonies and sacrifices? When will men and women let go of the old and lay hold on the new? When will men and women lose confidence in the flesh and find assurance in Christ? When they see something better … Christ is that something! He is the believer’s wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption. He is our Altar, our Priest, our Sacrifice and our Intercessor. ‘In Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily’ and we ‘are complete in Him’
Printed in the bulletin of the First Baptist Church in Almont, MI
Posted in Christ our Surety, Christ's Relationship to His People, Copied, Jesus Christ, Redemption, Sanctification | Tagged Christ our wisdom, Christianity, Jesus, Jesus Christ, Redemption, Sanctification |
“For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance” (1 Thessalonians 1:5).
The Holy Ghost never comes into any poor sinner’s soul, except through the medium of the gospel of the grace of God. Have you ever considered that point? You are praying, perhaps, that the Holy Spirit would teach you and be in you a Spirit of revelation, a Remembrancer, a Comforter, Instructor, and Teacher. You pray for His gifts, and graces, and sanctifying operations; but have you ever viewed these graces in connection with the gospel of Jesus Christ? Now, if you want the Holy Spirit to come into your soul, you must keep firm hold of the gospel; you must not run away from it to the law or to self; but keep a firm, fast hold of it, so far as you have felt its power, and have a living faith in it. If, then, you are tried, still hold the gospel. If Satan gets you into his sieve, still hold the gospel; if in the furnace of affliction, still hold the gospel; if called on to wade through floods of sorrow, still hold fast the gospel. Let not Satan, if ever you have felt the power and the preciousness of the gospel, baffle you out of it and drive you from it; but hold to the gospel, for it is your life. Indeed, where else will you find anything to suit your case if you are a poor, tempted, tried sinner? Will you go to the law, which can only curse and condemn you? Will you go to yourself? What is self? A heap of ruins. Where, then, will you go? After all, you must come to the gospel if your soul is to be saved and blessed and if you are to experience the consolations of the Holy Ghost, who alone can bless and comfort you. I want, with God’s blessing, to impress this vital truth upon your conscience, that you may not be looking away from the gospel, and as one old writer says, “squint and peep another way,” but that you may keep your eyes firmly fixed on the gospel; for if you believe it, it can and will save your soul. Does not the Apostle say it is “the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth,” so that there is neither power nor salvation in anything else? Never, therefore, expect power, salvation or comfort, but in, and by, and through the Holy Ghost preaching the gospel into your heart.
from the bulletin of the Thirteenth Street Baptist Church in Ashland KY
Posted in Faith, Gospel, Grace, J. C. Philpot, Jesus Christ | Tagged Christianity, Gospel, gospel of Jesus Christ, Grace, J. C. Philpot, power of God unto salvation |
I suppose the most difficult thing any believer has to learn is that “Without Him we can do nothing.” This is our creed but not our experience! We will never be effectually used for God’s true glory until it becomes our experience. God will never use men that are proud enough to think themselves necessary or capable. He will throw away the vessel which begins to boast in itself or allows others to boast in it. Whatever is our strength in the flesh is sure to become our weakness in the spirit — whether it be our intelligence, our morality, our length of service, our doctrine, our courage or whatever. Gideon feared the Midianites because of the small number of his soldiers, but the Lord said, ‘Your soldiers are yet too many for me.’ I wonder if we will ever become weak enough, empty enough, and ignorant enough for God to use us for His glory! The logic of the Lord is strange to the natural mind. ‘For when I am weak, then am I strong’ (2 Corinthians 12:10). ‘Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ my rest upon me’ (2 Corinthians 12:9). The Lord must go back to the seashore and raise up some fishermen — we’ve all become masters and doctors, wise men in theology and great counselors. I disqualify myself for God’s use when I become qualified. My fine talents and lofty credentials become hindrances rather than helps. I thought to prepare myself for great things, only to learn that it was the rough voice in the wilderness He planned to use, not the polished preacher; it was the weak, impulsive shepherd with the sling He planned to use, not the mighty warrior with his armor of wit and arsenal of facts, doctrines, and learning. It may not be too late for some, but most are too proud to become expendable. If we don’t pour contempt on ourselves — God will!
printed in the bulletin of the Sovereign Grace Baptist Church, NJ
Posted in Christian Living, Henry Mahan, Humility, Preaching | Tagged Christianity, Henry Mahan, Preaching, religion, when I am weak then am I strong |
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