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Growing in the Gospel

Time has not permitted me to write a post on the Gospel this week, so I will share one by Brother Miles Mckee.

Growing in the Gospel

God commands us to believe and rest upon His Son. By believing, we mean that we embrace the perfect qualities, merits and virtues of the Lord Jesus Christ and reckon them as being ours. As William Gurnall said, “Faith has two hands; with one it plucks off its own righteousness and throws it away, with the other it puts on Christ’s.”

Our worst sin, amongst the vast array of sins that compete for that title, is refusing to rest entirely on Christ Jesus as our only righteousness (John 14:1; John 16:9; Jer. 23:6).  Sometimes we forget that we are accepted only because Jesus is accepted in our stead; we are declared righteous solely because our Substitute was righteous in our stead. In spite of this, we all too often walk around in unbelief searching for something within us or for some supposed quality or accomplishment by which we can recommend ourselves to God.

Unbelief is deceptive and delights to dress up in religious clothes. It is full of flattery telling us that, because we have made our effort to serve God, we have now quietly and surely attained a place of acceptance before the Father.  But, this kind of thinking makes God a liar (1 John 5:10).  This reduces the person and work of the Lord Jesus to a non-essential.  When we put stock in our work we have forgotten the words of our Master in Luke 17:10, “So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, we are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.”

As we bring the gospel to unbelievers and believers alike we must urge each one to repent and believe exclusively on the Lord Jesus Christ.  We must urge not only the unsaved but also believers to repent of self-sufficiency and exhort them to continue to rest in Christ as their entire righteousness. It is “By one offering He hath perfected forever them that are sanctified” (Heb 10:14).Did you get that? In Christ we are already perfect and sanctified.  In the light of that, what particular righteousness of yours do you feel obliged to add for your acceptance?

Martin Luther said it like this, “Although I am a sinner—yet I despair not, for Jesus Christ who is my Redeemer and my Righteousness liveth. In Him I have no sin.  In Him I have no sting of conscience.  In Him I have no fear of judgment for in Him ‘there is therefore now no condemnation.’”

As we grow in gospel grace we will grow in our understanding that we are, in and of ourselves, ruined and depraved creatures (Jeremiah 17:9) yet we will grasp that our sins have been perfectly purged at the cross and that Christ is now our entire righteousness (1 Cor 1:30).  We recognized this when we first came to Christ (Eph 2:12), but now as we grow in grace we will have an expanded understanding that our hope is not found in any part of our performance. The truth is, our acceptance and righteousness continue to be in Christ alone. We can never improve ourselves into God’s presence and acceptance.  We have an inheritance obtained for us by blood—precious blood—God’s blood.

During the “Killing Days” in Scotland in the late 17th century, when the Covenanters were paying for their faith by death, a young covenanting girl was making her way to the meeting of her church.  On her way she was stopped by a patrol of Red Coats who quizzed her as to where she was going.  She couldn’t come right out and say she was on her way to the banned Covenanting meeting, but in a moment of inspiration she replied, “My elder brother has died and I’m going to my Father’s house for the reading of the will.” They let her through!

The will was read that night and continues to be read as we pour over the pages of scripture. What an inheritance we have, our sins have been transferred to Christ Jesus (Isa 53:6) and His righteousness, worthiness and acceptance has been transferred to us (2 Corinthians 5:21). We are now entirely welcome as adopted children because of Him (Ephesians 1:6). This is old news, but it is new news and it’s very, very good news for us today.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles

Miles McKee Ministries

www.milesmckee.com

Sending Church www.paramountchurch.net

www.thegracechurch.ie

Please feel free to copy, forward, blog, publish on web or place the Wednesday Word in your Church bulletin on condition that you do not change the content of the message.

  1. thereformedtraveler
    March 22, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    “My elder brother has died and I’m going to my Father’s house for the reading of the will….” Had never heard that story before! Wonderful, love it!. Need to get over and read some more Miles McKee, not that familiar with him, but what you have put up on blog is fantastic. Will need to grab this particular one from you, if you don’t mind? Lord Bless, Jo Bowyer (BTW, Thanks for stopping by blog the other day, appreciate the comments.

    • March 22, 2011 at 1:18 pm

      I appreciate the comment and yes you may grab this one. Brother Miles allows reposting, as long as one does not alter the comments.

      I have heard Brother Miles preach in person and boy what a treat. I think Brother Jon Cardwell has a sermon by him on his sermonaudio.com account.

      Also wanted to say that I was glad to comment on your post. I happened to go to your blog a week or so back and realized that I was not subscribed to your blog. I thought that I was, but I wade thru a tremendous amount of emails everyday while trying to find good posting material.

      I want to say that I am glad that I am now receiving your post because you have some great material coming through your blog.

      I will close now, God bless.

      Hershel Lee Harvell Jr.

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