A man’s free will cannot cure him even of the toothache, or of a sore finger; and yet he madly thinks it is in its power to cure his soul. The greatest judgment which God Himself can, in the present life, inflict upon a man is, to leave him in the hand of his own boasted free will.
Augustus Montague Toplady (November 4, 1740 â€“ August 11, 1778), was an Anglican clergyman and hymn-writer. He was a major Calvinist opponent of John Wesley....
In an Oxfordshire village an old saint lay dying. For over eighty years she had been on pilgrimage to Zion, until her face had grown bright with Heaven’s approaching Glory. An Anglo-Catholic priest, under the misapprehension that none of his parishioners could find access to the City unless he unlocked the Gate, called to visit her. “Madam,” he said, “I have come to grant you absolution.” And she, in her simplicity, not knowing what the word meant, inquired, “What is that?” “I have come to forgive your sins,” was the reply. “May I look at your hand?” she answered. Gazing for a moment at the hand of the priest, she said, “Sir, you are an impostor.” “Imposter!” the scandalized cleric protested. “Yes, sir, an impostor. The Man Who forgives my sins has a nail print in His hand.” (Mark 2:5-7; Matt. 26:28; 1 Cor. 11:24)
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
The Gospel is a mystery! Apart from the Spirit of God revealing Christ in our hearts, none of us could or would come close to discerning how sinners stand justified before a Holy God. Our depraved minds and hearts would lead us to believe that we must somehow make amends for our sins ourselves and attempt to work out a righteousness acceptable to God. Most of human kind, even professing ‘christians’ still believe this is the way. They say, “God does His part, and man does his part.”
However, when God gives a sinner ears to hear and eyes to see, what a Glorious Truth to learn that the matter of sin and righteousness was settled by the Eternal Son of God on behalf of His people. How blessed are those in whom God reveals the Truth of His full and complete justifying of them in what Christ accomplished by His obedient life and sacrificial death. So absolute is the work of imputation, (the sinner’s sin to Christ and the righteousness that He earned and established put to the sinner’s account), that ALL whom Christ redeemed have ALL been simultaneously justified before God, being pronounced righteous by the Eternal Judge, God the Father Himself. Therefore, there is no sin laid to their charge because it was all laid to Christ’s charge. There is complete righteousness before God’s law because He worked it out and the Father fully, freely and forever imputed it to their account. True, their sins are both numerous and abominable! Yet, before God, they were purged away by the precious blood of Christ, Hebrews 1:3.
This is a mystery that God, by His Spirit must reveal and make plain to the heart. Especially the Declaration that Christ was made sin. Natural minded professors interpret this to mean that sin was infused in Him, thereby making the LORD Jesus a sinner. Such a thought is horrendous and would have disqualified our LORD from being the Substitute as the law required a lamb without spot and without blemish. Christ was made sin in that, the sins of those the Father gave Him were laid to His charge, Isaiah 53:6. He bore the full weight of the sin, laid on Him at the cross. He was made the Sin Offering. He bore sin’s curse without taking depravity in Him.
The same is true regarding the imputation of His righteousness. It is not infused into the sinner, as if to make him without sin in his nature. Rather, it is charged to the sinner’s account, whereby God declares such a one righteous before Him. As that sin for which Christ was condemned and punished was not found in Him, but charged upon Him, so that righteousness by which sinners are justified and entitled to glory is not inherent in them but imputed to them.
Méditations sur Christ Volume 1: Partie 2 est une collection de 30 passages extraits des prédications du Pasteur Ken Wimer. Ces courts textes de méditations quotidiennes n’ont qu’un seul but : glorifier le Seigneur Jésus Christ seul.
Led into All Truth Every child of God, whatever the qualities or capabilities of such may be, shall be led into all Truth. Not that all shall come to the same measure of knowledge or experience, but each child of God shall be led into all Truth...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Not Appointed to Wrath “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our LORD Jesus Christ…” (1 Thessalonians 5:9) In declaring the work of God in salvation there is both a negative and a positive in this...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
A Righteousness Not Our Own Blessed soul! Whom Christ shall find not having on a righteousness of his own, but having his robes washed and made white in the blood of the Lamb. “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Flee Naked to the Rock Some have starved their body almost to death to cure the corruption of the heart; but the devil and the flesh will never be starved to death. I remember reading of one who stripped himself naked and flogged himself; but it...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Propitiation by His Blood “Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood…” (Romans 3:25) On the surface, it would appear from the translation of this verse that one’s ‘faith’ is the...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Justified by Christ Alone The Fountain of Life and Comfort is in declaring that the whole work of salvation was accomplished by Jesus Christ upon the cross, in that He took away and healed all His from all sins and presented them to God holy...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Christ Died for Me When I was lost, all hope was gone, I couldn’t find my way back Home My LORD heard me in my distress, And showed me that He died for me. Christ died for me, on Calvary, His precious blood was shed for me, And now I’m...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Christ Our Passover “For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us…” (1 Corinthians 5:7) In the Old Testament, the point of separation between Israel and Egypt was the Passover lamb and the Feast of the Passover...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
The Effectual Savior for Sinners “The proud have had me greatly in derision: yet have I not declined from thy law.” (Psalm 119:51) This Scripture is descriptive of the contradiction of sinners that our LORD endured in His sufferings...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
The Merciful Savior “And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.” (Luke 13:12) In today’s modern ‘gospel,’ sinners are exhorted to ‘reach...[ abbreviated | read entire ]