What is the standard for judging between one who is a Christian and one not?
1. We know that not all who profess to be Christian are the Lord’s-“Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works?” And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquityMatthew 7:22, 23
2. We know that all who are Christ’s have been taught of the Spirit of God as to their lost estate, the blood-guiltiness of their sin, and the sacrifice that the LORD Jesus accomplished for them. They come to Him singularly and particularly as their Redeemer- The healed blind man cried, "Who is he, Lord that I might believe on Him?"John 9:36. Such was His need, and our need. To know Him, we must know what it is to be a sinner by God’s Holy Standard. "By the law is the knowledge of sin,” Romans 3:20. Spiritual life is first granted to give spiritual discernment, so that by the Spirit’s revelation, we are made to understand our own condemnation, even in all our seeking and doing. Were it not that the Spirit helps our infirmities, making intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered, Romans 8:26, we would be silenced in dead despair. Even the command to believe we found impossible, until the Lord granted us the grace to believe, Mark 9:24. So great was the consciousness of our sin against God, we could not perceive how any salvation could be for us, consistent with His justice. And yet, glorious truth! When the Spirit revealed Christ in us, and His blood and righteousness imputed upon completion of His death, THEN He granted faith to believe, and we understood the mystery of salvation through Christ crucified, seeing Him as the Lamb that God had ordained for a sacrifice to His justice in our place as guilty, condemned sinners. We now see how we can be saved consistent with God’s justice, and how the mercy and justice of God have have been satisfied for such wretches as we are; and our trust is forever fixed on the crucified, risen Savior. In Him we have hope towards God and cry unto Him, ‘Abba Father,’ Romans 8:15, Galatians 4:6, Ephesians 1:13, 1 Peter 1:3.
3. We know that all who come to Christ in truth have been taught of Him in His true character as the Savior of sinners. “It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me,” John 6:45.
And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night,
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