Jeremy McKenzie – Jan. 31st – Rose Jones – Feb. 4th
NO OTHER BUT CHRIST
"Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered Him, Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that Thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God" (John 6:67-69). As it was with Peter and the rest of the disciples, so it is with all sensible sinners and true believers who see there is no other to go to for life and salvation, but Christ; not to the law of Moses, which accuses, curses, and condemns, and by which there is neither life nor righteousness; nor to any creature, or creature performance, for there is a curse on him that trusts in man and makes flesh his arm; nor to their own righteousness, which is impure and imperfect, and cannot justify before God nor answer for them in a time to come; nor to their tears of repentance, which will not satisfy the law, atone for sins, or wash them away; nor to carnal descent, birth privileges, a religious education, sobriety, and civility, to trust to which, is to have confidence in the flesh, which will be of no avail; nor to ceremonial services, or moral duties, or even evangelical ordinances (baptism and the Lord’s Supper), neither of which can take away sin. There is no other Savior but Christ to look to; no other Mediator between God and man, to make use of; no other Physician of value for diseased and sin sick souls to apply unto; no other Fountain but His blood for polluted souls to wash in, and be cleansed; no other City of Refuge, or Stronghold, for souls sensible of danger, to flee unto and be safe; no other to come to as the Bread of Life, where hungry souls may be fed; no other place of rest for those that are weary and heavy laden; nor is there any other where there is plenty of all grace and security from every enemy, as in Him: and therefore, to whom can they have recourse, but unto Him?
--- John Gill
Every departure from the doctrine of election in any degree has been a departure from the gospel, for such departure always involves the introduction of some obligation on man’s part to make a contribution towards his own salvation, a contribution he simply cannot make.
"THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS"
While believers always trust Christ and submit to His righteousness as the sole basis for our acceptance before God, there are four times when we must be especially certain that we are looking to Him Who is "THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS." 1. When we have sinned and experience feelings of shame, conviction, remorse and despair we must look to Christ and His righteousness. The life of a child of God is lived with the realization of personal guilt, but remember, "the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin" (1 John 1:7). Our record before God is perfect for He sees us in "THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS." God has never looked to us, but to our Surety and Substitute, His Son, for satisfaction to His just demands. We are "made the righteousness of God" in that One "Who loved us and gave Himself for us." 2. When we feel like we have done a good work and conducted ourselves in a way that we believe pleases God we must look to Christ and His righteousness because a good feeling about self is really pride rising up in the heart. We must never look to our obedience or any work that we have done for comfort or assurance. "...All our righteousnesses are as filthy rags" (Isaiah 64:6). Our best deeds have the foul stench of sin upon them. Christ alone is our righteousness. We are never accepted because of our obedience, for our obedience falls woefully short of perfection. We are accepted for His "obedience unto death, even the death of the cross." He is "THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS." 3. When we approach God with any request, we must look to Christ and His righteousness. We make our petitions to the Lord and ask Him to grant them, not because of our goodness, but because of the righteousness of our Mediator. To request anything of God in our name and because of our works would be foolish. We make our petitions known unto the Lord in the Name of that One Who is "THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS." 4. When we face death, which will be followed by meeting the Lord, we must still be looking to Christ and His righteousness for all our salvation. In that day when we depart this life to stand before the Lord, the only righteousness which will avail with God is the righteousness established by Jesus Christ and freely imputed to His chosen people. Then, even as now, every true believer will stand perfect, spotless and without blemish in that One who lived, died and arose for us. What is His name? The children of God know His Name quite well. In fact, the Father’s name for His church is the same as our Savior’s, "THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS" (Jeremiah 33:16).