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The Wednesday Word: Jesus + Nothing

No church saved us.

No religious act on our part saved us.

We were, are and will be entirely saved by Christ alone.

We are saved by the free, unconditional, invincible grace brought to us in the doing, dying and rising again of Christ Jesus the Lord.

For when we were without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. That’s you and that’s me! For scarcely for a righteous man will one die, yet perhaps for a good man, someone would even dare to die. But God commends His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

That’s priceless!

Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life (see Romans 5:6-10).

Christ’s sinless life and atoning death have been accepted by the Father as ours. His doing and dying of two thousand years ago is the only ground of our acceptance with God today.

“Here we have a firm foundation;

Here the refuge of the lost;

Christ’s the Rock of our salvation,

His the name of which we boast.

Lamb of God, for sinners wounded,

Sacrifice to cancel guilt!

None shall ever be confounded

Who on Him their hope have built.”

Thomas Kelly

Christ alone has been found pleasing in the Father’s sight. So, since repetition is the price of learning, let’s say it again….There is but one reason and only one reason for our acceptance by God—Christ Alone!

There is no other way to God but in, through and by Christ.

Let us not forget that Jesus unashamedly claimed to be God in human flesh appearing. If, therefore, the one true and living God has come to save us, what other way to God can there be? Since Christ alone is God, we can ruthlessly and immediately dispense with all other supposed ways of salvation. They are all fabrications of men’s imaginations and devising. There is only one salvation, and it comes to us in Christ alone.

When we declare that we are saved by Christ alone, we stand opposed to the teachings which state that Christ’s sacrifice is insufficient without the addition of some manner of sacrament administered by clerics. What sheer, Christ belittling, nonsense is this?

Others say that Christ saves but not without our good works. How they cling to their inferior and flawed works as they fear to rest entirely on the good works of the Saviour … yet they damn us for not joining them in their folly.

Others say that Christ’s sacrifice is worthless without us adding faith to the equation. They say that our believing does the saving! Thus they oppose the teaching of Christ Alone. While it is true that faith apprehends the Gospel, faith is not our Saviour. We rest, not on faith, but on Christ alone.

Enemies of the cross urge the necessity of something more than Christ alone for salvation Without their particular addition they say that we cannot be saved. In these schemes, Christ’s sufficiency as the Saviour is consequently denied.

When we follow their logic, we must conclude that the Christ in whom they trust is at best a partial saviour. He lacks something, a certain something, provided by them that somehow augments His person and work.

What a dishonour to Christ Jesus. God has come here to rescue and save His people yet He is incapable of saving without the help of some form of mediation on man’s part. Sheer rubbish!

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com  

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The Wednesday Word…What does that Mean? (Part 2) Christ Alone

When we say we believe in ‘Christ Alone,’ we mean that Christ’s doing, dying and rising again constitute our only basis of acceptance before God. He alone is our Substitute and Surety. He alone has fully satisfied the just demands of the eternal majesty. Christ alone, therefore, is all our hope.

Furthermore, when we hold to ‘Christ Alone, we believe that Christ’s finished work was altogether sufficient to secure the acquittal of His people. This is good news indeed. There is nothing that needs to be added to Christ’s work, and nothing must be subtracted (Ecclesiastes 3:14). Because of the finished work of Christ, Divine justice regards the elect as having already been punished in the person of their substitute. Our salvation has been secured by one man, the God/Man. The very mention of His name is music and health

to the believer.

It’s no wonder that John Newton wrote,

“How sweet the name of Jesus sounds

In the believer’s ear

It soothes his sorrows

Heals his wounds

And drives away his fears.”

Christ alone brings us to God (1 Peter 3:18) and brings God to us. He is the only one who is able to do this since He suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust. When we believe in ‘Christ Alone’ we have confidence that outside of Him there is no salvation. For the believer, Christ alone is the source and content of salvation. In salvation, Christ alone gets the credit, and we get the gift!

He saved us.

No church saved us.

No religious act on our part saved us.

We were, are and will be entirely saved by Christ alone.

We are saved by free, unconditional, invincible grace. For when we were without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die, yet perhaps for a good man, someone would even dare to die. But God commends His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life (see Romans 5:6-10).

Christ’s sinless life and atoning death have been accepted by the Father as ours. His doing and dying of two thousand years ago is the only ground of our acceptance with God today. This is what we mean when we say we believe in Christ Alone.

“Here we have a firm foundation;

Here the refuge of the lost;

Christ’s the Rock of our salvation,

His the name of which we boast.

Lamb of God, for sinners wounded,

Sacrifice to cancel guilt!

None shall ever be confounded

Who on Him their hope have built.”

Thomas Kelly

Christ alone has been found pleasing in the Father’s sight. So, since repetition is the price of learning, let’s say it again….There is but one reason only for our acceptance with God—Christ Alone!

There are no other ways to God but in Christ alone. Let us not forget this, Jesus unashamedly claimed to be God in human flesh appearing. Now, if the one true and living God has come for our salvation, what other way to God can there be? Since Christ alone is God, we can ruthlessly and immediately dispense with all other supposed ways of salvation. They are all fabrications of men’s imaginations and devising. There is only one salvation, and it comes to us in Christ alone.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com 

The Wednesday Word: Christ Alone

February 15, 2017 Leave a comment

We have a real treat for you this week!

We greatly rejoice that some Christians in China, led by Brother Keith Hobkirk, are beginning to translate some of our Gospel writings. As you can see, our ministry is steadily growing in its scope and influence. Thank you for your prayers and financial help which sustain us as we spread the Gospel.

Below is a sample of some of the work the brothers and sisters are doing.

Gospel Blessings

Miles

BY Miles McKee

唯有耶稣 Miles McKee

The best thing that can happen to any of us is to become convinced that there is nothing we can do to save ourselves.

发生在我们每个人身上最美好的事情就是深信我们不能做什么来拯救我们自己。

Apart from the mercy of Jesus Christ, we are utterly and helplessly lost. There is no saving merit in anything that we can do or feel. In ourselves, we have nothing to recommend us to God.

若不是耶稣基督的怜悯,我们都是迷失且无助的。我们所思所做的没有什么值得可夸赞的。向神我们一无所夸。

Let me ask you, have you become convinced that Christ alone is your Saviour? Have you been persuaded that you cannot save yourself? Have you seen that the Lord needs no assistance from anyone to give you eternal life? Have you seen that from first to last, Christ alone is your hope?

我想问你,你深信耶稣基督是你的救主吗?你相信凭自己你不能拯救你自己吗?你相信神不需要通过其他人赐给你永恒的生命吗?你相信自始至终唯有耶稣基督是你的盼望吗?

I am so thankful for the Holy Spirit. One aspect of the Spirit’s work is to destroy all the vestiges of self-righteousness we harbour in our hearts (John 16:8).

Self–Righteousness, that great, stubborn rebel against God, must be rooted out. The Holy Spirit continually brings us to a place where we see and confess that we are nothing and Christ is everything.

非常感谢圣灵。圣灵的一项工作就是除尽我们心中的自义。(约168)必须根除心中强大顽固,不符合神心意的自义。圣灵不断带领我们,使我们看到自己的自义,我们就为此忏悔承认我们是一无所有的而耶稣才是我们的一切。

Someone says, ‘I’ve been reading about all those deep convictions that people used to get during the revivals of yesteryear. If I could experience those, then I’d be sure that I was saved.’ But, wait a minute, that is just another way of you bringing something to Christ in exchange for salvation. That is self-righteousness. It is a lack of trust in Christ alone as your only qualification for eternity.

有一个人说,”我一直在思想关于福音复兴时期人们所怀的信念。如果我经历了那些事情,我就会确信我已经被救赎了。”但是,等等,那其实是你在通过另一种方式和耶稣基督交换救恩。是不相信唯有在耶稣基督你才能有永生。

“But I want to feel something,” says someone else.

Christ Jesus doesn’t want you to bring your feelings to Him. Feelings are no part of Salvation. We are to trust in Christ alone, not in feelings.

另一个人说,“我想感觉到。”耶稣基督不希望你对他怀着感觉。感觉不属乎救恩。我们相信基督不是凭借感觉。

‘’Feelings come and feelings go

And feelings are deceiving

My warrant is the Word of God

Naught else is worth believing.

感觉时有时无,感觉是不可靠的,我的凭据在乎神的话,除此之外没有什么可以相信。

Though all my heart should feel condemned

For want of some sweet token,

There is One greater than my heart

Whose Word cannot be broken.

I’ll trust in God’s unchanging Word

Till soul and body sever,

For, though all things shall pass away,

HIS WORD SHALL STAND FOREVER!”

直到死我仍深信神永不更改的话,因为一切都会废去,他却永远掌权。

Martin Luther

马丁路德

“But I feel so spiritually unfit.”

可是我觉得如此不配。”

Do you not know that the only fitness you have before Him is the fitness of being unfit?

你不知道在神面前你唯一配的地方就在于你是不配的吗

“Oh, but I am so entirely unworthy.”

噢,而我是完全不配的”

Do you think Jesus came to save the worthy? Do you ever expect to have any worthiness in yourself? Jesus saves “the ungodly” (Rom 5:6-8). Jesus came into the world to save sinners, not worthy people (1 Timothy 1:15). Spurgeon said it like this; “It is our badness, not our goodness, which drew Christ to us as a Saviour.”

你觉得耶稣来是为了拯救那些配得的人吗?你曾希望自己有什么配得之处吗?耶稣拯救“罪人”(罗5;6-8)耶稣来到世上为要拯救罪人而不是配得的人(提前1:15)司布真说,是我们的罪恶不是良善成就了耶稣成为我们的救主。”

‘With Pitying eye the Prince of Peace

Beheld our helpless grief;

He saw, and, O amazing love!

He ran to our relief.’

“”和平之君以怜悯的目光看着我们的无助和悲伤;他看见了,噢,何等的慈爱,他来抚慰我们。”

Isaac Watts.

以撒 瓦特斯

Christ didn’t die because we were good. He died for us because we were sinful wretches. We had nothing whatsoever in ourselves that could recommend us. …and still don’t. Yet the Young Prince of Glory came from Heaven to save us. What do you think you can add to that? Is there anything with which you would care to supplement His finished work?

基督不是为我们的良善而死。他乃是为我们的罪行而死。无论何时我们都没有什么可夸的。然而荣耀的君王却来到世间拯救我们。想想你能为此做些什么呢?你能做些什么协助他未完成的工作呢/

Be advised, don’t try to show Christ how worthy you are to be saved. He’s unimpressed. Our righteousness is sin but His righteousness is salvation. We are nothing; Christ alone is everything!

记住,不要企图向耶稣表明你是多么值得被救赎。他并不为所动。我们的自义是罪而他的义是救恩。我们一无所有;而耶稣基督是一切!

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

这是福音真谛!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com

God teaches us the truth that He alone is God by telling us to “Look unto me, and be ye saved all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.”

Spurgeon 3Take this, dear friends, for a new year’s text, both ye who love the Lord, and ye who are only looking for the first time. Christian! in all thy troubles through this year, look unto God and be saved. In all thy trials and afflictions look unto Christ, and find deliverance. In all thine agony, poor soul, in all thy repentance for thy guilt, look unto Christ, and find pardon. This year remember to put thine eyes heavenward and thine heart heavenward too. Remember this day, that thou find round thyself a golden chain, and put one link of it in the staple in heaven. Look unto Christ; fear not. There is no stumbling, when a man walks with his eyes up to Jesus. He that looked at the stars fell into the ditch; but he that looks at Christ walks safely. Keep your eyes up all the year long. “Look unto him, and be ye saved,” and remember that “he is God, and beside him there is none else.” And thou poor trembler, what sayest thou? Wilt thou begin the year by looking unto him. You know how sinful you are this morning; you know how filthy you are, and yet it is possible that before you open your pew door, and get into the aisle, you will be as justified as the apostles before the throne of God. It is possible that ere you- foot treads the threshold of your door, you will have lost the burden that has been on your back, and you will go on your way, singing, “I am forgiven, I am forgiven; I am a miracle of grace; this day is my spiritual birthday.” Oh! that it might be such to many of you, that at last I might say, “Here am I, and the children thou hast given me.” Hear this convinced sinner! “This poor man cried, and the Lord delivered him out of his distresses.” Oh! taste and see that the Lord is good! Now believe on him; now cast thy guilty soul upon his righteousness; now plunge thy black soul into the bath of his blood; now put thy naked soul at the door of the wardrobe of his righteousness, now seat thy famished soul at the feast of plenty! Now “look!” How simple does it seem! And yet it is the hardest thing in the world to bring men to. They never will do it, till constraining grace makes them. Yet there it is, “Look!” Go thou away with that thought. “Look unto me, and be ye saved all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.”

Charles H. Spurgeon- Sovereignty and Salvation-A Sermon Delivered On Sabbath Morning, January 6

God teaches us the truth that He alone is God by commanding us to “look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth.”

June 27, 2016 1 comment

SpurgeonNow, who are the ends of the earth? Why, there are poor heathen nations now that are very few degrees removed from brutes, uncivilized and untaught, but if I might go and tread the desert, and find the Bushman in his kraal, or go to the South seas, and find a Cannibal, I would say to the Cannibal or the Bushman, “Look unto Jesus, and be ye saved all the ends of the earth.” They are some of “the ends of the earth,” and the gospel is sent as much to them, as to the polite Grecians, the refined Romans, or the educated Britons. But I think “the ends of the earth “imply those who have gone the farthest away from Christ. I say, drunkard, that means you! You have been staggering back, till you have got right to the ends of the earth; you have almost had delirium tremens, you cannot be much worse, there is not a man breathing worse than you. Is there? Ah! but God, in order to humble your pride, says to you, “Look unto me, and be ye saved.” There is another who lived a life of infamy and sin, until she has ruined herself, and even Satan seems to sweep her out at the back door; but God says, “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth.” Methinks I see one trembling here, and saying, “Ah! I have not been one of these, sir, but I have been something worse, for I have attended the house of God, and I have stifled convictions, and put off all thoughts of Jesus, and now I think he will never have mercy on me.” You are one of them. “Ends of the earth!” So long as I find any who feel like that, I can tell them that they are “the ends of the earth.” “But,” says another, “I am so peculiar; if I did not feel as I do, it would be all very well; but I feel that my case is a peculiar one.” That is all right; they are a peculiar people. You will do. But another one says, “There is nobody in the world like me; I do not think you will find a being under the sun that has had so many calls, and put them all away, and so many sins on his head; besides, I have guilt that I should not like to confess to any living creature.” One of “the ends of the earth “again; therefore all I have to do is to cry out, in the Master’s name, “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God and there is none else.” But thou sayest sin will not let thee look. I tell thee, sin will be removed the moment thou dost look. “But I dare not; he will condemn me; I fear to look” He will condemn thee more, if thou dost not look. Fear, then, and look; but do not let thy fearing keep thee from looking. “But he will cast me out.” Try him. “But I cannot see him.” I tell you, it is not seeing, but looking. “But my eyes are so fixed on the earth, so earthly, so worldly.” Ah! but, poor soul, he giveth power to look and live. He saith- ”Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth.”

Charles H. Spurgeon- Sovereignty and Salvation-A Sermon Delivered On Sabbath Morning, January 6

The Wednesday Word: Is Jesus Wonderful Enough?

From the cross, the young Prince of Glory declared, “It is finished.” From His majestic throne, He pronounces, “It is done.” It is no marvel then that the apostle would have us to look unto Jesus to find the daily patience and endurance we need (Hebrews 12:2-3).

Looking unto Jesus … what a wonderful practice. But, what do we see when we look? Do we, by faith see the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end of our salvation? Do we see in Christ our wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption (1 Corinthians 1:30)?

Somebody once told me that the Christian life was easy. I disagree. I’ve found the easy parts to be easy, but the hard parts are hard, very hard. Life throws everything at us, but we can endure all as we learn, by faith, to see the Invisible One. He is our refuge and shield (2 Samuel 22:3). The same one who authored our faith will finish it! His power and faithfulness are enough to complete the work He started!

As we grow in grace and the knowledge of God, we discover that He is enough. So, we have to ask ourselves again, are we enjoying being His followers? We will enjoy Him if He is enough! But, if our hearts are still yearning for the World then we will remain in a perpetual state of dissatisfaction. We will be caught in a ‘no man’s land.’ It’s like this, if we belong to the Lord, and we live outside of him, we’ll be foreigners in a strange land. Until Jesus becomes enough, we will be in a perpetual state of instability and confusion.

As William Mason said,

“My dear friends, be not content to live without a constant revelation of Christ to your souls: this makes the conscience peaceful, the heart happy, and the soul joyful: this inspires love, subdues lust, captivates the affections, makes the whole man happy in God, and creates heaven in the soul.”

Jesus is enough! He is indeed heaven in the soul. He is our King and as King He exercises a three-fold reign. He reigns over us, He reigns for us, and reigns in us. It is not, therefore, without reason that Jesus is called, “Wonderful” (Isaiah 9:6). His birth was wonderful; His person is wonderful; His offices of Prophet, Priest and King are wonderful; His work for us was wonderful; He was the teacher and the subject of His lesson. That’s wonderful! He was the Lamb and at the same time the shepherd; that again is wonderful! His sinless life was wonderful; His death was wonderful; He was both the sacrifice and the Priest who offered the sacrifice… that’s wonderful! His resurrection was wonderful; His ascension into Heaven was wonderful; His salvation is wonderful; His power is wonderful and His faithfulness is wonderful. Is He wonderful enough for you and for me?

Speaking of the Lord’s wonderful ministry, the old time Welsh preacher, Christmas Evans, said;

“With a mighty hand, He laid hold of the works of Satan, unlocked the prison gates, and broke the bands asunder. He opened His mouth and the deaf heard, the blind saw, the dumb spoke, the lame walked, and the lepers were cleansed. —-He took our yoke and bore it away upon His own shoulders and cast it broken into the bottomless pit.”

Jesus is wonderful.

He is enough.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.miles mckee.com

The Wednesday Word: Is it Enough to be His?

“My beloved is mine and I am His” (Song of Songs 2:16). What a verse! What a truth. ‘We are His!’ Just to know that He is mine doesn’t do it for me. Why not? Because I am in the habit of losing things that are mine. But Jesus has never lost anything that is His. We are His! We are safe.

But how did we become His?

We became His because He created us (John 1:3). We are His because the Father gave us to Him as a gift (John 6:37). We are His because He bought us (1 Peter 1:18). We are His because He found us (Luke 19:10). We are His because He conquered us (Colossians 2:13). We are His, not because of our performance, but because of His grace (Ephesians 2:8).

Our sufficiency is in Christ alone! He is enough? Poor old Job would have utterly fainted had he not believed that He belonged to the all-sufficient Lord. There was once a time when Job could talk about everything that he had. He could boast about his, health, wealth and children, but there came a time when, suddenly, they were all gone. He had nothing left but the Word of the Lord and the Lord of the Word. He had lost everything, but still could say, “I know that my Redeemer liveth’ (Job 19:25).

Is Jesus enough for us? We have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins (Ephesians 1:7). Is that enough? We have His precious promises (2 Peter 1:4). Are they enough? He has promised, “Come unto me and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). Is His rest enough? What more can He do than that which He has done? Is there something else we want to add to Him to find fulfillment?

We are His! What a beautiful truth! When we stumble and fall, we are His. In those situations, we actually collapse into His embrace for, “underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deuteronomy 33:27). His arms are almighty, they catch, hold, strengthen and restore us. He is our source, safety and salvation. He is enough!

When we fall, the everlasting arms catch us. And, it is in that fall that we realize, were it not for His grace, our destiny would be Hell and destruction. We apprehend that, in spite of our new life as Christians, we remain, at best, sinners saved by grace.

So, let me get personal and ask, have you fallen? Have you fallen badly? Does that mean then you are now finished as a believer? Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has He turned His back on you? No! You have fallen into His everlasting arms! Let Him teach you, therefore, the horror of your sins, let Him show you your nothingness; let Him strengthen you and demonstrate the power of His might. Don’t be dismayed under the sense of our own vileness and insufficiency. You are in His arms now! You are His! He will restore you and make you stand.

Perhaps you are struggling with the wretchedness of sin right this second! Look up and see, Jesus sitting majestically, robed in love, upon a throne of Grace. He is your King! Look again and see that He is your advocate who pleads your cause. Look again and see those the everlasting arms of sovereign power.

What authority then can snatch us out of those arms? What force can undo our reconciliation? What power can unfasten our redemption? What foul spirit can defy the Holy Spirit? “The eternal God is our refuge:” He has surrounded us with His grace, love, might and power. Is this enough for us? May we purpose today to walk into freedom, thankfulness and joy. Jesus is enough!

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com