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Sheltered by the Blood

October 9, 2013 1 comment

The Wednesday Word: Sheltered by the Blood

William Reid, in his short masterpiece, ‘The Blood of Jesus’, says,

 

“I do not know a more striking illustration of salvation by the blood of Jesus alone, than that which is furnished by the sprinkling of the blood of the Passover lamb on the homes of the Israelites, on the eve of their redemption from the bondage of Egypt. “The blood on the lintel secured Israel’s peace.” There was nothing more required in order to enjoy settled peace, in reference to the destroying angel, than the application of “the blood of sprinkling.” God did not add anything to the blood, because nothing more was necessary to obtain salvation from the sword of judgment. He did not say, “When I see the blood and the unleavened bread or bitter herbs, I will pass over.” By no means. These things had their proper place, and their proper value; but they never could be regarded as the ground of peace in the presence of God.”

 

Let’s expand on this. The LORD said, “When I see the blood I will pass over you.” He didn‘t say, “When I see how you feel about the blood, I will pass over you”; or, “When I see you praying and weeping, I will pass over you,” but said, “When I see the blood I will pass over you.”

It was the blood that saved them, not their righteousness. Some uncertain Christians say, “If I were only a better person, I would feel safe.” Or they say, “ I’m not good enough or consistent enough in my faith to be sure of salvation.” But here’s the gospel truth; … in this great matter of salvation, we don‘t need to enquire about the depth of our goodness. We must, instead, ask, are we sheltered under the blood? If we are, we are as safe as any man or woman who has been praying without ceasing, giving their finances and sacrificing for the cause of the gospel for 100 years. It is not their righteousness and good works that are going to save them. Good works and long hours of prayer and devotion, whilst excellent things, have never saved anyone. The Father says, “When I see the blood I will pass over you.” If we are sheltered beneath the blood, we are saved, and if we are not sheltered by the blood, we are not saved.

Furthermore, we are neither saved by our good thoughts concerning the blood nor saved by our good feelings concerning the blood. As has been pointed out by many, God did not say, “When you see the blood, I will pass over you.” No! But here’s what He said, “When I see the blood.” It is the Father’s estimation of the blood of Christ that is necessary in salvation. Faith grasps this. Faith sees and embraces that the wrath offering has been made. Faith grasps the fact that the blood of the sinless substitute has been shed. Faith sees that this is enough; faith sees that the perfect Christ performed and finished His perfect work on Calvary.

Since nothing can be added to the blood, then salvation is not a matter of the shed blood plus faith. Many, many depart from the gospel on this point in that they believe their faith makes them accepted to God. But faith neither does nor can make us acceptable to God. We are only accepted in the acceptable One, Jesus Christ. Faith did not pour out its blood, for it has none to pour.

Whom Christ is and what He did in His finished work are the object of our faith. Christ alone saves! Although our act of faith is vital, it is not the reason we are saved. The ground of our salvation is Christ alone.

And that’s the Gospel Truth

 

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Beware of thinking your sins are so great that you can’t be forgiven

April 15, 2013 4 comments

fullerConsider, and beware, I say again, as you regard your eternal salvation, that you take up your rest in nothing short of Christ! Particularly,

1. Beware of brooding over your guilt in a way of unbelieving despondence; and so of standing aloof from the hope of mercy. Say not, ” My sins have been too great, too numerous, or too aggravated to be forgiven.” “The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth from all sin,” Believest thou this? You are not straitened in him, but in your own bowels. God’s thoughts are not as your thoughts, nor his ways as your ways: as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are his thoughts higher than your thoughts, and his ways than your ways. On the sinner that returneth to our God he bestoweth abundant pardon. It is not, “if thou canst do any thing, help me;” but, “If thou canst believe–all things are possible to him that believeth.” Of what dost thou doubt? Of his all-sufficiency? He is able to save to the uttermost all that come unto God by him. Of his willingness? Ought not his gracious invitations to satisfy thee on this head? Can you imagine that he would proclaim, saying, ” Whosoever thirsteth, let him come unto me and drink,” and yet be reluctant to gratify the desires of those that come to him? Objections, on the ground of the greatness of guilt and unworthiness, may seem to wear the face of modesty and humility; but, after all, it becomes you to consider whether they be any other than the workings of a self-righteous spirit. If you could find in your heart to accept of mercy as one of the chief of sinners, all your objections would vanish in a moment.

One sees, in your very tears of despondency, a pining after acceptance with God by something in yourself. Were they put into words, they would amount to something like this: “If I bad but somewhat to recommend me to the Saviour, I could go to him with assurance; or, if I had been less wicked, I might hope for acceptance.” And what is this but making good the complaint of our Saviour? “Ye will not come unto me, that ye may have life!” Such longings after something to recommend you to the Saviour, are no other than “going about to establish your own righteousness;” and while this is the case, there is great danger of your being given up to imagine that you find the worthiness in yourself which your soul desireth.

Rev. Andrew Fuller–The Great Question Answered

We can never be saved partly by grace and partly by works

December 27, 2012 2 comments

Spurgeon 3Now I suppose that in this congregation we have but very few-there may be some-who would indulge a hope of being saved by the law in itself; but there is a delusion abroad that perhaps God will modify the law, or that at least he will accept a sincere obedience even if it be imperfect; that he will say, “Well, this man has done what he could, and, therefore, I will take what he has given as though it were perfect.” Now, remember against this the Apostle Paul declares peremptorily, “By the works of the law shall no flesh living be justified,” so that that is answered at once. But more than this, God’s law cannot alter, it can never be content to take less from thee than it demands. What said Christ? “It is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail,” and again he expressly said, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets, I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.” The law’s demands were met and fulfilled for believers by Christ; but as far as those demands are concerned to those who are under it, they are as great, as heavy, and as rigorous as ever they were. Unless his law could be altered, and that is impossible, God cannot accept anything but a perfect obedience; and if you are hoping to be saved by your sincere endeavors to do your best, your hopes are rotten things, delusions, falsehoods, and you will perish wrapped up in the shrouds of your pride. “Yes,” some say, “but could it not be partly by grace and partly by works?” No. The apostle says that boasting is excluded, and excluded by the law of faith; but if we let in the law of works in any degree, we cannot shut out boasting, for to that degree you give man an opportunity to congratulate himself as having saved himself. Let me say broadly-to hope to be saved by works is a delusion; to hope to be saved by a method in which grace and works are co-acting, is not merely a delusion, but an absurd delusion, since it is contrary to the very nature of things, that grace and merit should ever mingle and co-work. Our apostle has declared times without number, that if it be of grace it is not of works, otherwise grace is no more grace; and if it be of works, then it is not of grace, otherwise work is no more work. It must be either one or the other. These two cannot be married, for God forbids the banns. He will have it all grace or all works, all of Christ or all of man; but for Christ to be a make-weight, for Christ to supplement your narrow robes by patching on a piece of his own, for Christ to tread a part of the wine-press, and for you to tread the rest; oh! this can never be. God will never be yoked with the creature. You might link an angel with a worm and bid them fly together, but God with the creature-the precious blood of Jesus with the foul ditch-water of our human merits- never, never. Our paste gems, our varnished falsehoods, our righteousnesses which are but filthy rags, put with the real, true, precious, everlasting, divine things of Christ! Never! Unless heaven should blend in alliance with hell, and holiness hold dalliance with impurity! It must be one or the other, either man’s merit absolutely and alone, or unmixed, unmerited favor from the Lord.

Charles H. Spurgeon—Grace Exalted-Boasting Excluded—A Sermon Delivered on Sunday Morning, January 19th, 1862