Posts Tagged ‘Christ’

The Wednesday Word: ‘Me’

John 6:47Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believes on ME has everlasting life

Many believers lack peace, because, instead of looking at the object of their faith, Christ, (His doing, dying, rising again and exaltation), they are looking within themselves trying to find something to give them rest.

However, nothing within us, or that flows from us, can give peace to the guilty conscience. The object of our faith lies outside of us. Remember, we are, in and of ourselves, hopelessly ruined, guilty, and under God’s just sentence of death. We are utterly helpless to remedy that condition (Isaiah 64:6).

We need some good news! We need the gospel.

So, consider our verse. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believes on ME has everlasting life” (John 6:47). “Yep” you say, “I know that verse, I first read it years ago.” But listen to me, the Lord doesn’t just want us just to know this verse, He wants us to believe it.

In this verse, there is one powerful word I want to call to your attention. It is the little word, ‘me.’ We should ask ourselves who the ” me ” of that verse is.

So, who is this ‘me?’

He is the true object for our faith. He is the same One who said, “Look unto ME, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is none else ” (Isaiah 45:22).

Who is this ‘me’?

He is the eternal Word who was already in the beginning before the beginning happened (John 1:1-2). What an object for our faith! He is the One who was with God, and who was God from all eternity.

Can we trust Him? Is He worthy of our confidence?

The “me” then of John 6:47 is the “Word become flesh.” See Him, the little infant. Then look and see Him as the perfect man, lowly, dependent, obedient, and subject to the Father.

Look and see Him as the Man of sorrows, an outcast in the world He had made and yet at the same time. He was, “God over all (Romans 9:5).” He was “Immanuel, God with us (Matthew 1:18), “God manifest in flesh” (1 Timothy 3:16), “the brightness of God’s glory and the express image of his person” (Hebrews 1:3). The ‘Me’ of John 6 :47 is the perfectly glorious object for faith!

See Him in Gethsemane. His sweat is, as it were, great drops of blood. See Him taking the cup of WRATH.

The ‘ ME ” of John 6:47 is the One we are called upon to trust. Can you look at Him by faith, and say, ” He was wounded for my transgressions, He was bruised for my iniquities?” If you can, salvation is yours. If you see that your sins were transferred to Him, then you see that they are gone, and gone forever.

This ‘ME’ has now gone back to glory. The man of the cross is now the man of the crown. The glory of God shines in His face; there He sits the object of our faith. From those heights of glory, He is saying, “Look unto me and be ye saved all the ends of the earth.”

Listen to our verse again, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me has everlasting life “(John 6: 47). Mark it well, the believer has eternal life and shall not come into judgment (John 5:24).

In conclusion we would ask, is the “me” of John 6:47 enough for you? Is the mighty work of the cross enough to speak peace to your conscience? If you trust on Him, you are saved, and have eternal life. Yes, thank God, He is enough for time, and He is enough for eternity!

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee  

Hope in Christ in the face of death

November 30, 2020 9 comments

On Tuesday, Nov. 17th of this year, my wife and I celebrated our 31st anniversary. To many this is a joyous occasion. There might be roses, a ring, a bottle of wine, and maybe a night out for a dinner for two. However, this was not the events of which transpired in our lives on that day.

On that day, a few weeks back, we were sitting in a doctor’s office. It was after 6:00 pm. and my wife was the last patient of the day. The doctor had already performed a colonoscopy the Thursday before. She had a cat scan the day before and we were already anticipating the news which the doctor would enter to tell us.

When he entered he began to explain the procedure of the colonoscopy and how he couldn’t enter with his scope. He informed us that instead of being able to enter the colon from the rear-end, that he instead had to go through her throat. He also explained the cat scan and what he was looking for as a result of this procedure. Upon giving us all the ends and outs of these procedures he just came right out and told us that my wife had a tumor and it was cancerous.

So last week we had to visit the surgeon. He explained to us that the tumor wasn’t just in the colon, but had also spread outside the colon, into her stomach muscles, and possibly into her kidney. Tomorrow he performs surgery and there is a whole list of possibles that will be involved due to the fact that he doesn’t know what all he has to take out when he goes in.

The word cancer produces a certain amount of fear into a person. This is understandable because no one wants to die. Nevertheless, having been born, then death is certain if the Lord tarries. Scripture is plain, that it is appointed unto man once to die. However, death is not the end. Death is just the transferring from one world to another. Yet in all this we can still have hope.

There is one who has defeated death.

His name is Jesus Christ!

He defeated it upon an old rugged cross.

His name is Jesus Christ!

He defeated it while being forsaken by the Father.

His name is Jesus Christ!

No matter what we go through in this life, it will never be compared to what Christ endured for us. We have never been forsaken by the Father. Nor have we been forsaken by the Son who sits beside the Father making intercession for us. Nor have we been forsaken seeing that Christ is no longer on earth with us because he sent us a Comforter. One who comforts us concerning the promises of God.

We do not have to fear! What we must do is trust! What we must do is have faith in God and cling to his promises! Cling to the promise of Christ who said, I will never leave you or forsake you!

One thing more and I will close:

Christ even comforts us with his body. He has a body of believers of whom he has entrusted to care for one another. Therefore I call on all God’s saints, to pray. Pray to the Father! Ask him to move upon this situation and if it be His will to allow the surgeon to perform this operation without any complications. Nevertheless, let His, the Father’s, will be done!

Even so, Amen!


The Bread of Life – John 6:35–51

by R. C. Sproul

And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” The Jews then complained about Him, because He said, “I am the bread which came down from heaven.” And they said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How is it then that He says, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” Jesus therefore answered and said to them, “Do not murmur among yourselves. No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me. Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father. Most assuredly,….

Years ago, I received a letter from a woman who said she had subscribed for many years to Tabletalk, the devotional magazine published by Ligonier Ministries, and had been reading diligently through the daily devotions. However, she was writing to cancel her subscription. The devotions that year were based on a commentary on Paul’s letter to the Romans written by the late James Montgomery Boice. The woman went on to say in her letter that she had read several Tabletalk devotions covering the doctrine of predestination, and she said, “I will no longer read this magazine because I don’t believe in predestination.” I was sorry to hear she was……

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The Wednesday Word: God Gave Us His Best!

“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God…” 1 Peter 3:18.

Anglican Bishop, Taylor Smith, was sitting one day in a barber’s shop having a shave. He spoke to the barber about being right with God, the barber replied, “I do my best and that’s good enough for me!” When the bishop’s shave was completed, and the next man had taken his place, he asked, “May I shave this customer?” “Oh, no!” replied the barber firmly. “But I would do my best,” said the Bishop. “So you might,” replied the barber, “but your best would not be good enough for this customer.” “No, and neither is yours good enough for God,” was the bishop’s reply.

In Christ, God gave us His best. Trust Him and have eternal life. Reject Him and perish!

At the cross, God’s Lamb, Jesus Christ, took the sins of His people and suffered as an innocent substitute—the just for the unjust—that He might bring us to God (1 Peter 3:18). Since repetition is the price of learning, let’s say again that, as our substitute, He died not merely for us, He died instead of us and as though He were us.

In Christ, God gave us His best!

Nothing can accurately and fully describe the suffering of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit must reveal it to us. But this we know; when the scripture says that Christ, “Once” suffered, it doesn’t mean “once upon a time.” There’s no fairy tale here folks! It means “once and for all.” He suffered, never to suffer again. He died, never to die again. In Christ, God gave us His best!

Spurgeon said, “No soul ever ate a morsel more dainty than this one—substitution. I do think that this is the grandest truth in heaven and earth—Jesus Christ the just one died for the unjust, that He might bring us to God. It is meat to my soul. I can feed on it every day, and all the day.”

When Jesus bowed His head and cried out, “tetelestai!” (it is finished) it was not a strange word to those who heard Him.

In Jesus’ day, when a man was placed in prison, a Certificate of Debt was nailed to his prison door with his crime on one side and the penalty on the other. When he had served his time, written on his Certificate of Debt was tetelestai, “Finished … Paid in Full.” It became his proof positive that the demands of justice had been met. He had suffered, never to be brought into double jeopardy for those crimes again.

The believer, as it were, now has a Certificate of Debt stamped in the crimson blood of Jesus. It reads, “Paid in Full!” You can’t add to it. You can’t take from it. In Christ, God gave us His best!

It has been said many times, “Without Christ, we can do nothing.” That’s true, and the flip side is also accurate, “With Christ, there’s nothing we need to do!” Jesus has done and paid all to redeem us. It is Finished!

“But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God.” Hebrews 10:12.

One sacrifice for sins forever! If we really understood what our substitute went through for us, we would never stop praising the Father for giving us His best …Jesus.

One sacrifice for sins forever! Hallelujah for the blood of Jesus Christ that paid for us in full,

No condemnation now I dread:

Jesus, and all in him, is mine!

Alive in him, my living Head,

And clothed in righteousness divine,

Bold I approach the eternal throne,

And claim the crown, through Christ my own.

In Christ, God has given us His best!

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee  

The Wednesday Word: The Marked Sheep

Being raised in rural Northern Ireland, I had occasion to notice how shepherds took care of their sheep. One of the things they did was to mark them with various coloured dyes. When I asked the reason for this, I was informed that the sheep were marked to show to whom they belonged. Apparently, a good shepherd marked His sheep.

The Lord Jesus Christ is our Good Shepherd, and in John 10:28, He puts three marks upon us.

The First mark is: He gives us eternal life.

The Second is: We shall never perish.

The Third is: No one shall pluck us out of His hand.

Jesus is the Shepherd, who, in love and compassion, came to seek and to save His lost sheep (see Luke 19:10; Ezekiel 34:12). We, like sheep, had gone astray. We had all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. There was none of us righteous, no, not one (see Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23; Romans 3:10-19). But the Great Shepherd stepped in and saved us. It is the precious blood of Christ, the Great Shepherd, that alone cleanses from all sin and shelters us from all judgment.

Here’s a personal question, “Have you been found by the Great Shepherd? Have you been rescued and marked by Him?” No? Then listen carefully, He is still seeking, and saving the lost. He is still saying, ” Come unto me, all you that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). You will be safe in His hands. He will never lose you (Philippians 1:6).

The ” Great Shepherd” gave His life for His sheep and we may depend upon it, He values and cares for us accordingly. Do we really think He will ever give us up or let us go? No, never! We have cost Him too much for that! He died and rose again for us. We have been marked.

We have “ETERNAL LIFE: “



In this life, we are either under the power of Satan, the wolf, who came to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10), or we are safe in the hands of the heavenly Shepherd who loved us and washed us from our sins in his own blood (Revelation 1:5).

As sheep, we enjoy being saved. Jesus says to us, “I am the door; by me if any man enters in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out and find pasture” (John 10:9). As His sheep, we can say with the Psalmist, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures: he leads me beside the still waters” (Psalm 23:1-2); and we can say with hymnwriter Thomas Kelly,

“We’ll sing of the Shepherd that died,

That died for the sake of the flock;

His love to the utmost was tried,

But firmly endured as a rock.”

Jesus is seeking for His lost sheep. And here’s more good news, He always finds the ones He seeks, and saves them to the uttermost (Hebrews 7:25).

He always finds,

He always saves, and

He always keeps.

An old-time preacher, John Brown of Haddington, Scotland visited a godly old woman who was on her deathbed. As they talked, the pastor asked, “Janet, what would you say if, after all He has done for you, God should let you drop into Hell?”

“Even as He wills,” was the answer. “But, if He does” she continued, “He’ll lose more than I will. I would lose my soul, but He would lose His character and faithfulness to His Word.”

Our Lord’s promise stands unchanged: “I give unto my sheep eternal life and they shall never perish neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” We have been marked.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee  

The Wednesday Word: Tell it Like it Is

The famous Irish scholar and wit, John Pentland Mahaffy, was once asked if he was a Christian. He replied, “Yes, but not offensively so.”

Unfortunately, there are many professing believers who line up with his point of view. They don’t take their stand for the truth of the Word. They have let the world’s standards dictate what is right and wrong. They keep silent about the real Jesus.

You see, there is an inate offence in the Christ of the Bible (Romans 9:33; Galatians 5:11; 1 Peter 2:7-8). When we tell of the uniqueness of Jesus Christ and the fact that there is no salvation outside of Him, people get offended. That’s just the way it is.

Let’s get this straight. The Gospel is not the instruction manual of what we must do to be saved. No indeed! The Gospel is the story of that which has already been done to save us. The Gospel is not about a set of demands placed on us. Rather it is about the demands placed upon the Lord Christ. Proud, self-righteous ‘List-Men’ are offended by this, but poor despised, degraded ‘publicans and sinners’ seldom are.

The power of God is in the Gospel of Christ (Romans 1:16). To faithfully declare this Gospel, we, therefore, must avoid offering a formula of works for salvation. That means we must be careful about using expressions such as “Ask Jesus into your heart” or “Give your life to Christ.” These expressions must be left out of our vocabulary if we are to powerfully present the Gospel!

I know, I know—-Ask Jesus into your heart (i.e., to be saved), is one of the most common sentences in modern Evangelical circles. However, it is sheer un-biblical humanism. It puts man in control of his salvation. It asks man for a contribution. It tells him to ‘do’ something rather than receive that which has already been ‘done.’

Salvation, however, is not a decision originating in man; it is from start to finish the work of God. We are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone!

Furthermore, the terminology, “ask Jesus into your heart” although a well-meaning phrase is backwards and deceptive. The spiritually dead and ungodly person is made acceptable to God only “in Christ,” and not because they prayed to ask Jesus into their hearts. It is a sovereign working of the Holy Spirit that places a person into Christ!

Do you know anyone who is being made hungry for God? Then tell them about the Christ who shed His blood.

Urge them to believe!

Tell them that Christ’s blood cleanses from all sin (1 John 1:7).

Urge them to believe!

Let them know that His blood justifies (acquits) (Romans 5:9).

Urge them to believe!

Share the good news that the blood brings us near to God (Ephesians 2:13).

Urge them to believe!

Tell them that through Christ’s blood there is redemption, even the forgiveness of sin (Ephesians 1:7).

Urge them to believe!

Let them know that the blood of Christ purges the conscience (Hebrews 9:14),

Urge them to believe!

Make it clear to them that only Christ’s blood makes peace between God and man (Colossians 1:20).

Urge them to believe!

Make it known that the blood gives, “boldness to enter into the holiest” (Hebrews 10:19).

Urge them to believe!

There is no deeper work of God than the Christ event. Regardless of who it offends, shout it from the rooftops!

There is no more profound revelation of truth, power, majesty and light than Christ Jesus Himself…may we live to declare Him!

He is our Gospel! Let the nations know about Him!

Why should we be silent about the message that gives us a Saviour who has so identified with us that He has purchased us with His own blood?

We have a Shepherd who has given His life for His sheep. He has risen from the dead to bring us safely home to glory? Urge your friends to look unto Jesus alone for their salvation.

Tell it like it is!

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee 

The Wednesday Word: Blessed in Christ!

February 13, 2019 Leave a comment

When God looked from heaven to earth He saw disasters, wars, murders, envying, faithlessness, lying and wickedness and more. The evil-doing had begun when our first parents Adam and Eve sinned and ran away to hide. Humans have been busy hiding ever since.

Here’s something worth considering. As God from eternity observed the mess of humanity, He did not ask us to do something about it. He didn’t look to humanity for solutions for the chaos. No indeed! He had already, before time, chosen to rescue a people for Himself and at just the right time He came to save and deliver them (Romans 5:6-8).

And how did He do that? Did He demand that we do something?

No! Nothing!

But surely there was something He required us to do in order to save ourselves?

No! When Jesus arrived on earth, He did not come bearing a list of demands. Not at all! When Christ came, He was blessing and grace incarnate. He came to seek and to save, not to demand and damn.

He came to bless His people with His salvation.

‘Ah no, brother,’ you say ‘He did demand that we repent and believe. True, but both repentance and faith are gifts and if gifts they are all of grace (Romans 2:4; Ephesians 2:8-9). And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it is of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work” (Romans 11:6).

In Christ, we are immeasurably blessed. In Him, amongst other things, we are Blessed with Eternal life (John 3:15-16).

Blessed with Eternal security (John 10:27-28; Romans 8:37-39).

Blessed with Forgiveness of sin (Colossians 1:14).

Blessed with Acquittal (Romans 5:1).

Blessed with No Condemnation from God (Romans 8:1, 33-34; 5:16).

Blessed with Rest (Matthew 11:28-30).

Blessed with Redemption (Ephesians 1:7).

Blessed with Reconciliation to God (2 Corinthians 5:18-20).

Blessed with Adoption into God’s family (Ephesians 1:5; Romans 8:14-17).

Blessed with Deliverance from the fear of death (Hebrews 2:15; John 11:25-26).

Blessed with a Great High Priest (Hebrews 4:14).

We are Blessed Indeed!

A new convert came in deep distress to see a Chinese preacher of a past generation saying, “No matter how much I pray, no matter how hard I try, I simply cannot seem to be faithful to my Lord. I think I’m losing my salvation.” The preacher said, “Do you see this dog here? He is my dog. He is house-trained; he never makes a mess; he is obedient; he is a pure delight to me. Out in the kitchen, I have a son, a baby son. He makes a mess, he throws his food around, he fouls his clothes, he is a total mess. But who is going to inherit my kingdom? Not my dog; my son is my heir.”

Likewise, in spite of our many fallings we remain heirs of God and joint heirs of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:17). He lived, died and rose again for us. Without a doubt, we will mess up and fail but we remain heirs of God, not through our perfection but by His grace. That’s what I call blessed.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee 

The Wednesday Word: Jesus Himself

The Bible is a book about Jesus.

He is everywhere in the Scriptures

He is;

The Alpha and Omega (Revelation 1:8)

The Anointed One (Psalm 2:2)

The Lord of Lords (Revelation 19:16)

The Author of Life (Acts 3:15)

The Mighty God (Isaiah 9:6)

The Branch (Zechariah 6:12)

The Bright and Morning Star (Revelation 22:16)

The Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6)

The Christ (Matthew 1:16)

The Teacher (John 1:38)

Everlasting Father (Isaiah 9:6)

The Door (John 10:9)

The Good Shepherd (John 10:14)

Holy and Righteous One (Acts 3:14)

The I Am (John 8:58)

The True Vine (John 15:1)

Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14)

The King of Kings (Revelation 19:16)

The Eternal Word (John 1:1)

The Word of God (Revelation 19:13)

The Lamb of God (John 1:29).

Jesus by Himself created everything. We read, “For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: and he is before all things, and by him all things consist” (Colossians 1:16).

Not only did He create everything, Jesus by Himself upholds everything by the Word of His power” (Hebrews 1:3). Sometimes, I confess, I find it hard to stomach the ignorance of some of the God haters I’ve talked to. They arrogantly deny Christ and disparage His work. Pompous to the last, little do they realize they are dependant upon the Christ they hate for their every breath. But, thankfully, He is God and I’m not. He is much, much more gracious and merciful than am I.

Not only did Jesus create all and also sustains all, Jesus Himself is our salvation. Again, we read, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

The Gospel begins and ends with Christ Jesus. It is a declaration of who He is and His saving work for us. The Gospel itself is not an offer or even a free offer nor indeed a well-meant offer. The Gospel itself is not any kind of offer. It is instead a declaration of who Christ is and of what He has done, in history, in His accomplished redemption for us. His work is Finished!

Through the Gospel, we discover that Christ has already obtained redemption, (Hebrews 9:12) and that He has already put away our sin (Hebrews 1:3). The Gospel brings glad tidings of great joy telling us that Christ was born, Christ lived, and Christ was crucified, Christ was buried and that Christ rose again and has accomplished redemption.

In the light of the Finished Work, therefore, it is stunning to discover just how many people have claimed or are claiming to be Jesus. There’s A.J. Miller, for example, a former Jehovah’s Witness elder and current leader of the Australia-based Divine Truth movement. Miller claims to be Jesus Christ reincarnated

There’s David Shaylor (1965–) a former MI5 agent and whistleblower who, in the summer of 2007, proclaimed himself to be the Messiah.

There’s Apollo Quiboly, the founder and leader of a Philippines-based Restorationist church, the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, The Name Above Every Name, Inc. He has made claims that he is the “Appointed Son of God”

We, however, must ask these self-appointed deities, if they are in fact Christ Jesus, can they do what He did?”

Can they create universes?

Can they sustain all things by the word of their power?

Can they forgive sins?

Can they walk on water?

Can they raise the dead?

Can they raise themselves from the dead?

Can they grant eternal life?

Can they give life to whom they will?

Absolutely not! They are fakes, frauds and fruitcakes!

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee 

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The Wednesday Word: A Substitute Found

January 2, 2019 1 comment

There is an ancient saying, “The Judge is condemned when the guilty is acquitted.” Alas, guilty people are sometimes set free in our judicial system, but this never happens in God’s Courtroom. If a person is justified (acquitted, found not guilty), it is because God is just (Deuteronomy 32:4). God has declared the person not guilty and has done so in strict harmony with His rule of Law and Justice.

But, how, is this possible?

How can a sinful person be accepted in the sight of a God who will by no means clear the guilty (Exodus 34:7)?

Man is a sinner and the penalty upon sin, as announced by God, is death (Romans 6:23). And that will be his lot unless a sinless substitute can be found to die in his place.

A certain man on the Malabar Coast of Southern India had enquired of various Hindu Holy men how he might make atonement for his sins. He was directed to drive iron spikes, sufficiently blunted, through his sandals and walk about 480 miles to a place of pilgrimage wearing the spiked shoes. He undertook the journey but found no peace … just painful feet. One day, resting beside a large banyan tree, he heard a Christian preach that the blood of the sinner’s substitute, Jesus Christ, cleanses from all sin. He got up, threw off the torturing sandals, and cried aloud, `That is what I want .. that’s what I need!’ There is substance in that’ From that day forward he became a dedicated follower of the Lord Christ.

Every sinner needs a substitute. But there is only one substitute and He is none other than God manifest in the flesh. He went to Calvary’s cross as a substitute for His people. The Indian gentleman in our story discovered that self-torture could not take away sins. It is sad to say that there are many today who, like those Hindu priests, are deceitfully offering false hope. For example,Spiritualism says; “Man becomes his own savior. He is made better in this life by intercourse with spirits.”

Theosophy says: “An ordinary being must pass through hundreds of incarnations before he can complete his purification from sin.”

Mormonism says; “To get rid of our sins, we must work out our own salvation through the teachings and forms of the Mormon church.”

Roman Catholicism says; “The instrumental cause of justification is the sacrament of baptism and the grace purchased by Christ’s death can flow only through the hands of the Catholic priests.”

Nonsense! Baloney! Balderdash! Twaddle!

In the Gospel, we have the One true Substitute, Jesus Christ. “He bore our sins in his own body on the tree.” (1 Peter 2:24). Since He is our substitute, we are secure. If Jesus has been condemned in our place, how then can we be condemned? To claim that the believer can be eventually lost is to say that Jesus was an unacceptable substitute. Away with such drivel.

O Christ, what burdens bowed Thy head!

Our load was laid on Thee;

Thou stoodest in the sinner’s stead,

Didst bear all ill for me.

A Victim led, Thy blood was shed;

Now there’s no load for me.

Death and the curse were in our cup:

O Christ, ’twas full for Thee;

But Thou hast drained the last dark drop,

’Tis empty now for me.

That bitter cup, love drank it up;

Now blessing’s draught for me.

Jehovah lifted up His rod;

O Christ, it fell on Thee!

Thou wast sore stricken of Thy God;

There’s not one stroke for me.

Thy tears, Thy blood, beneath it flowed;

Thy bruising healeth me.

The tempest’s awful voice was heard,

O Christ, it broke on Thee!

Thy open bosom was my ward,

It braved the storm for me.

Thy form was scarred, Thy visage marred;

Now cloudless peace for me.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee 

The Wednesday Word: The Unsearchable Riches of Christ

Ephesians 3:8 ‘Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.

The unsearchable riches of Christ were the thrust of the apostolic message and should be our focus today (Ephesians 3:8). The preacher’s main pulpit subject is not to be politics, nor morality but the preaching of the unsearchable riches of Christ.

‘Unsearchable’… what a mystifying term. It takes us to the treasure-house of God’s grace and shows us that the riches of Christ are,

Inexhaustible, they are like having a bank account that no matter how much we spend we can never empty. These riches are,

Unfathomable, they are like a bottomless ocean of limitless reserves. These riches are both,

Unexplorable, and Indescribable. Just when we think we have arrived, these riches keep showing us that there is more beyond. They are dynamic and ongoing.

We are to declare primarily and essentially, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. He is the subject of, ‘the unsearchable riches of Christ.’

We preach doctrine, but our doctrines are to be clothed with Christ. We preach Election but our election is not separated from Christ (Ephesians 1:3-4). We preach assurance, but our assurance is not in ourselves, but in Christ (Ephesians 3:12, 2 Timothy 1:12). We preach reconciliation unto God, but reconciliation is only in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:18). We preach redemption but not without Christ (Romans 3:23-24). We preach the One true living God but not without the revelation of Christ Jesus, God manifest in the flesh (John 1:18; John 14:9).

As Spurgeon says, ‘The doctrines of the Gospel are a golden throne upon which Jesus sits as King—not a hard, cold stone rolled at the door of the sepulcher in which Christ is hidden.‘

The able minister of the New Covenant preaches Christ crucified (Romans 15:16, 25).

Spurgeon again tells us the following story. A young man had been preaching in the presence of a highly respected older minister, and after he had done, went to the old gentleman, and said, “What do you think of my sermon?”

“A very poor sermon indeed,” was the reply.

“A poor sermon?” said the young man, “it took me a long time to study it.”

“Aye, no doubt.”

“Did you not think my explanation of the text a very good one?”

“Oh, yes,” said the old preacher, “very good indeed.”

“Well, then, why do you say it is a poor sermon? Didn’t you think the metaphors were appropriate and the arguments conclusive?”

“Yes, they were very good as far as that goes, but still it was a very poor sermon.”

“Will you tell me why you think it a poor sermon?”

“Because,” said he, “there was no Christ in it.”

“Well,” said the young man, “Christ was not in the text; we are not to be preaching Christ always, we must preach what is in the text.”

So the old man said,

“Don’t you know young man that from every town and every village, and every little hamlet in England, wherever it may be, there is a road to London?”

“Yes,” said the young man.

“Ah!” said the old divine “and so from every text in Scripture, there is a road to the metropolis of the Scriptures, that is Christ. And my dear brother, your business is when you get to a text, to say, ‘Now what is the road to Christ?’ and then preach a sermon, running along the road towards the great metropolis—Christ. “And,” said he, “I have never yet found a text that had not got a road to Christ in it, and if I ever do find one that has not a road to Christ in it, I will make one; I will go over hedge and ditch to get to my Master, for the sermon cannot do any good unless there is a savor of Christ in it.”

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee