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Faith is a connection with Christ

Let me tell you a story to illustrate this: the stupendous falls of Niagara have been spoken of in every part of the world; but while they are marvelous to hear of, and wonderful as a spectacle, they have been very destructive to human life, when by accident any have been carried down the cataract. Some years ago, two men, a bargeman and a collier, were in a boat, and found themselves unable to manage it, it being carried so swiftly down the current that they must both inevitably be borne down and dashed to pieces. Persons on the shore saw them, but were unable to do much for their rescue. At last, however, one man was saved by floating a rope to him, which he grasped. The same instant that the rope came into his hand a log floated by the other man. The thoughtless and confused bargeman, instead of seizing the rope, laid hold on the log. It was a fatal mistake: they were both in imminent peril, but the one was drawn to shore because he had a connection with the people on the land, whilst the other, clinging to the log, was borne irresistibly along, and never heard of afterwards. Do you not see that here is a practical illustration? Faith is a connection with Christ. Christ is on the shore, so to speak, holding the rope of faith, and if we lay hold of it with the hand of our confidence, he pulls us to shore; but our good works having no connection with Christ, are drifted along down the gulf of fell despair. Grapple them as tightly as we may, even with hooks of steel, they cannot avail us in the least degree.

Charles H. Spurgeon- Words of Wisdom for Daily Life- Article ‘Good Works and Broken Keys’

The Wednesday Word: Full Assurance of Faith: Part 2

We cannot possibly come to a place of personal assurance of salvation if we don’t believe the Bible to be the Word of God.

Consider what the Bible says about itself. We read,

“Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of my heart” (Jeremiah 15:16).

Then in Psalm 119: 7-10, “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.

The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.

The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

And again, “Thy testimonies have I taken as a heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart” (Psalm 119:111).

Jesus taught, “Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God” (Luke 4:4).

Then in 2 Timothy 3:16, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”

And Jesus declared, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that hears my word, and believes on Him that sent me, has everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life” (John 5:24). Do you believe that?

The Bible assures us that,

He has purged our sins (Hebrews 1:3).

He has removed our sins as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12).

He has blotted out our sins (Isaiah 44:22).

He has cast our sins behind His back (Isaiah 38:17).

He has cast them into the depth of the sea (Micah 7:19).

He takes our sins away (1 John 3:5).

He has washed our sins away (Revelation1:5).

He has cleansed us from our sins (1 John 1:7).

He has forgiven us our sins (Romans 4:7; Ephesians 1:7).

He has forgotten our sins (Hebrews 10:17).

Is He a liar?

No!

Then believe Him.

Trust Him.

Christ’s work for us makes us safe, and God’s word about us makes us sure. Assurance, therefore, is not to be had by looking inside ourselves for some religious experience or other. No indeed, assurance comes by what the Lord has said.

Suppose, for example, that a man has been charged with a certain crime. If found guilty, he will face a hefty prison sentence. Much to his relief, the court finds him not guilty and acquits him of all charges. How would he be assured that he had been cleared by the Judge and jury. How would he know for certain that that he was not going to prison?

Would it be by looking to his feelings?

Or would it be by listening to hearsay?

Or speculation?

Or would the ‘not guilty’ status be his because the judge had declared him so? Obviously, this is what he would hold on to.

Similarly, if we want to be certain of the fact that we have been saved, our feelings, wishes, speculations and what people might think about us is not the evidence that we need to give us peace. Those sources don’t have the authority to pronounce on the matter. We must go to the Word of God and see what “God the Judge of all” says about it (Psalm 50:6). We can put our fullest confidence in His Word for He cannot lie, and that will be what we will need for solid assurance of our salvation. (see Romans 8:29-30; Acts 13:39; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 John 3:5).

Listen again to John 5:24, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that hears My Word, and believes on Him that sent Me, has everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.”

As we’ve written many times,

Jesus said it,

That settles it:

I believed it,

That settled me!

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

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The Wednesday Word: Full Assurance of Faith

The Greek word `Plerophoria‘, (translated ‘full assurance’) occurs 4 times in the New Testament. First, we have the “full assurance of understanding” Colossians 2: 2. Then in 1Thessalonians 1:5 we have ‘full assurance of the gospel;’ then the ‘full assurance of hope’ (Hebrews 6:11); and finally, the full assurance of faith (Hebrews 10:22). Let’s consider, for a few moments, the last one, “Full Assurance of Faith.”

Notice that we have the full assurance of faith, not the full assurance of feelings!

Have you ever said to yourself, “If I could only feel saved, then I would have assurance?” But such thinking is entirely and utterly wrong.

For instance, if I said that I could not believe you until I felt that what you said was true, I would be saying, your word is not enough for me. I need your word plus my feelings. If that is the way it is, I might as well call you a liar to your face. Yes indeed! It is quite inappropriate for me to believe that you are not telling the truth, whatever my feelings may be. How much more then is God to be believed?

The Almighty speaks in His Word and we believe Him. God does not lie (Numbers 23:19). What a beautiful, comforting truth that is. In the light of that truth, listen to what the Master says, “Truly, truly, I say unto you, He that believes on me has everlasting life” (John 6: 47). He is not lying! He’s telling us the truth! We don’t need to feel that He is telling the truth. No! We, regardless of feelings, believe God’s word.

If we lack assurance of salvation, we should tell ourselves John 6:47 (and other verses like it), over and over again. We should reckon on every syllable of it being true and enjoy the “full assurance” it gives. At the beginning and end of the day, and in the middle, we could meditate on each part and weigh each statement, until we believe what is written! Everlasting life is ours.

There is no condemnation for us in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1)!

“Brother Miles, on whose authority do you say that?”

On the Master’s authority! He speaks, we believe, and are informed of what is ours.

‘God said it, that settles it.

I Believed it. That settled me!’

I believe in my doctor when I put my case into his hands and trust him to cure me. I believe my lawyer and I leave my case in their hands. I believe in my bank when I put money into their hands and allow them to keep it on my behalf.

If I can trust my doctor, my lawyer and my banker who are but mere mortals then I can believe the God/Man, the Lord Jesus Christ. When I take Christ to be my Saviour, and put my case into His hands, I trust Him to do what I cannot do for myself … save me from my sin.

There is an old story told of a Scottish preacher whose friend came to him in spiritual perplexity. “Tell me,” the friend inquired, “How do you know that you have always got a hold of God?” For a long minute the minister was silent, and then, with a great wistfulness in his eyes, said: “How do I know that I have always got hold of God? I don’t always know; but I do know His word tells me, He always has a hold of me!”

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

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The Wednesday Word: A GREAT RANSOM

1 Timothy 2:6 tells us that Jesus “gave himself as a ransom.”

Now, to ‘stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance,’ a ransom is a price paid to purchase someone’s freedom. And that’s what Jesus did for His people when He died on the cross.

In A.D. 1193, the King of England, Richard I, also known as Richard the Lionheart, was returning from leading a crusade to the Holy Land. As he journeyed through Europe, Leopold V of Austria captured him and demanded a ransom for Richard’s release. The ransom price demanded was to be the equivalent value of three tons of silver … an enormous demand. But the people of England loved their king and they submitted to extra taxation, and many nobles donated their fortunes for Richard’s release. After many months, the money was raised, paid and King Richard returned to England. That’s where we get the expression, “a King’s Ransom.”

But to believers, the term “a King’s Ransom” could better be applied to the tremendous price Jesus, the King of Kings, paid for us on the cross. King Jesus wasn’t being ransomed. He wasn’t being held in captivity. It was His people who were in prison. This King paid the ransom so that His people would be set free.

Jesus said, “The Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many” (Mark 10: 45). In saying this, He not only showed His love for us but also declared one of the great purposes of His incarnation. Up to this point in man’s history, the solemn word of the Psalmist had been true, “None can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him” (Psalm 49: 7). Every man was a captive servant of sin and needed redemption. But no one could redeem his brother before God, for he himself needed redemption. So, in due time, the Saviour arrived. Being Himself sinless, He was free from the sentence of death. He was uniquely qualified to become the ransom.

He came.

He died on the cross.

He bore our sins.

He sustained our judgment.

He drank the cup of wrath to the very dregs.

In being our ransom, Jesus made atonement for sin before God, defeated Satan in his own domain … death … broke the bonds of the tomb, arose victorious, and ascended in righteousness to the very throne of God, where, as a Man, He now sits.

This is good news indeed! Jesus promised He would give His life “a ransom for many.” The ransom has been paid and the believer is delivered from going down to the pit; (Job 33:24).

So, let me ask you, “Are you ransomed?

If not, or if you are not sure, let me urge you to believe the gospel. Trust in the Lord Jesus Christ to be your saviour.

It is with sadness I tell you that those who die without Christ will taste the wrath of God. Are you prepared to face the inevitable consequences of rejecting Christ?

I urge you flee from the wrath to come (Romans 5:9)!

There has been a great ransom paid for believers by the Lord Jesus Christ. His word to us is “Come to Me and I will give you rest.” He is our Ransom. We have been paid for in full!

“Here is love, vast as the ocean,

Lovingkindness as the flood

When the Prince of Life, our Ransom

Shed for us His precious blood.”

William Rees

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

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The Wednesday Word: It is Finished (Part 3)

If you want to be effective as you serve the Lord Christ, never tire of hearing and applying the gospel. In the light of the cross, we can learn to agree with the old Puritan preacher, John Flavell, who, when speaking of Jesus, declared,

“The condemnation was Thine, that the justification might be mine.

The agony was Thine, that the victory might be mine.

The pain was Thine, that the ease might be mine.

The stripes Thine, that the healing balm issuing from them might be mine.

The vinegar and gall Thine, that the honey and the sweet might be mine.

The curse was thine, that the blessing might be mine.

The crown of thorns was Thine, that the crown of glory might be mine.

The death was Thine, that the life purchased by it might be mine. You paid the price, that I might enjoy the inheritance.”

It is Finished! We were lost and condemned by sin. We could not perfectly and fully satisfy the demands of an all-holy God. But in grace, Christ’s doing and dying were imputed to us and declared us without fault before God. Why? Because ‘It is Finished!’

What a complete and perfect thing is the righteousness of God in Christ! Every believer is credited with this righteousness. Listen to me, it is neither a righteousness that looks like Christ’s righteousness nor a righteousness that is similar to Christ’s righteousness, but it is the actual righteousness of Christ that is reckoned to us.

Let the searching eye of the all-holy and jealous God turn it every way, view it from every side, and there will not be found the least flaw or defect in it. Let God the Judge thoroughly weigh it and examine it, and it will always appear pure and perfect, containing in it all that is necessary for our salvation. It is Finished!

But how do we get this righteousness? How does it become ours? What must we do to obtain it? The answer is it is ours by FAITH ALONE!

Faith alone is how we approach God. Faith alone receives our new verdict from heaven. But faith in what? It is not faith in the fact that we have faith. No indeed! We are saved by faith alone in Christ … the One who finished the work of our redemption.

When Jesus lived and died for us, He paid every debt sin had created. And God now reckons that salvation has been accomplished.

It is Finished.

All is paid in full.

What is done is done.

Our debt of sin is cancelled.

We are complete in Him.

However, because many of us are accustomed in this world to time payments (buying a thing and paying it off bit by bit), we bring that system over into our spiritual life. We think that, yes Jesus died on the cross for me, but I need to contribute something. If God sees that I am serious about keeping His Law or sees that I have some holy affections or that I am carrying out some form of service and working at improving myself then, if He takes note of these things, He will be doubly sure to open up heaven’s door for me!

Away with this blasphemous thinking! It is an abomination to God!

Let’s listen again to Jesus, “IT IS FINISHED!”

The way to God is now open in Jesus Christ because IT IS FINISHED!

Our sins are gone because IT IS FINISHED!

We have full assurance of faith because IT IS FINISHED!

Dear Believer, “Be of good cheer, your sins are forgiven you!! Your debts have all been paid through the blood of Calvary. Your conscience is now cleansed, you have eternal life and all because IT IS FINISHED!

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

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The Wednesday Word: It Is Finished: Part 2

Here’s some good news about Christ’s Finished Work … all that Christ did in that work, He did as our substitute. If we believe this, we will be transformed.

He was born for us.

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

The eternal God entered into time and history in the person of the Lord Jesus. Unto us a child is born. Wonder of wonders, the Creator became a creature. What immense humility!

He humbled Himself, yet the world scorned Him.

He humbled Himself, but they called Him Beelzebub,

He humbled Himself, but they called Him a bastard—-an illegitimate child.

He humbled Himself, but they said He was just “the carpenter’s son.”

At His trial one man could only refer to Him as “this fellow.” (Matthew 26:61). What an insult!

He was born for us, but more than that,

He Lived For Us!

Paul says—-“For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye through His poverty might be rich.” 2 Corinthians 8:9.

He came into this world as an infant, and there was no place in the inn for Him to lay.

He walked the earth, and at times here was no place for Him to sleep.

He died, and they had to borrow a place to lay His body.

When He took our place, He had nothing.

But, while He lived here on earth, He was wholly set apart for us (John 17:19).

He was made a curse for us,

“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree” (Galatians 3:13).

Not only was He cursed for us, but He was also bruised for us.

He died for us and was buried and rose again for us.

“But He was wounded for our transgressions. He was bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement of our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5. It is Finished!

Some of us have become immune to hearing about Him, and how He came here and went to the cross. We tire of hearing that He was wounded for us. WARNING! If you become immune to the gospel you will be a useless in the service of our Lord and King.

Well did the Hymnwriter say,

“Lest I forget Gethsemane,

Lest I forget thine agony,

Lest I forget thy love for me,

Lead me to Calvary.”

He was born for us, He lived for us, He died for us and He arose and ascended to heaven for us (Romans 4:25; John 14:2). And right this moment He is living for us and making intercession for us (Hebrews 7:25). And when He finally comes again, He’ll come back for us (John 14:3).

His redemptive work is all finished! His ongoing intercession for us at this very moment is based on His finished accomplished work. His returning is to consummate and crown with glory all that He accomplished in His doing and dying and rising again! It is Finished!

Everything Jesus intended to do He accomplished! It is Finished!

If we want to build strong Christian lives, we must lay the foundations broad and deep. The deepest and strongest foundation for us is the Person and Finished Work of the Lord Christ (1 Corinthians 15:11)! If we want to be effective in the gospel, then we should learn the gospel! Learn that it is finished. Learn that all that is necessary for our salvation has been completed and accomplished! Learn that His work was a complete and total success.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

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The Wednesday Word: It Is Finished!

John 19:30

Here is the greatest declaration ever heard in human history … “It is Finished.”

These are our Saviours dying words and what powerfully important words they are.

It is reported that when Queen Elizabeth 1 of England lay dying she said, “My God, my God it is over. I have come to the end!

In her wardrobe, she had 2,000 costly dresses and gowns yet she called out, “All my possessions for just one more day.”

Pathetic words of a dying Queen! How wonderful then, by contrast, are the words of the dying Savior who declares from the cross—”IT IS FINISHED!” Salvation has been completed, accomplished and perfected. Notice, there is not a hint of worry, anxiety or despair from the Master. How unlike the words of the dying English Queen who says, “My God My God it is over, I have come to the end.”

See how Christ’s words “It is Finished”, are filled with glorious victory. They mean, ‘It is done, It is completed’

What is completed?

Redemption is completed.

He is saying that salvation has been obtained and accomplished! You see, this little sentence, ‘it is finished,’ is not in the original Greek. It is just one word: ‘FINISHED!’

But how was Redemption finished? By the doing and dying of the Lord Jesus Christ alone. He finished and fully completed the work He had been sent to do!

When we look at the tense of the Greek word ‘Finished’ we discover that it is in the perfect tense which means that although the action has been completed in the past, the results continue into the present. So, when Jesus cried out “It is finished,” he meant, “It was finished in the past, it is still finished in the present and it will remain finished in the future.”

Listen to Paul as he tells the Hebrews of the Christ who finished His work, “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;” Hebrews 1:3.

It is finished!

It is finished! That means, Justice was satisfied and still is.

It is finished! That means, the Father was satisfied and still is.

It is finished! That means, the righteous demands of the law were satisfied and still are.

It is finished! That means, the Old Testament sacrifices were finished and remain so.

‘It is Finished ‘— what a wonderfully grand and glorious statement by the God/Man, the young Prince of Glory!

When a work is Finished, it is Finished … there is no need to add anything to it! Neither man nor angel needs to augment it. It is finished.

And a good thing too. Wouldn’t it be just dreadful if our salvation were based on any of our efforts?

We can’t rely on our efforts … they at best are incomplete.

We can’t rely on our service … we haven’t served God perfectly. We have left things undone. There’s so much we should have done but haven’t and the clock is racing against us.

However, the Lord Jesus left nothing of our salvation incomplete! It Is Finished!

He did not partially save or partially ransom … It is Finished.

Everything He did for us, He did perfectly … It is Finished.

There is no one like Christ Jesus in any of the world’s great religions. This one expression … IT IS FINISHED explodes and shreds every other religion on earth! They are all fakes. They are all useless. With respect, Mohammed did not complete redemption for his people. Buddha did not atone for His people … only Christ Jesus ransomed, redeemed and reconciled us back to God.

It is Finished.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

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The Wednesday Word: Whom Did Paul Blaspheme?

“And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.” (1 Timothy 1:12-13)

Paul’s statement in 1Timothy 1:12-13 provides another very important reference to the Deity of Christ. The apostle, speaking of his life as a Pharisee before his conversion, says, “Who was before a blasphemer.”

Paul, a blasphemer?

When was Paul ever a blasphemer?

According to the dictionary definition, blasphemy is the act of insulting or attacking God or the act of claiming the attributes of deity.

So, when did Paul do that?

We can discount the second part of the definition in Paul’s case for we have no record of him ever claiming to possess the attributes of Deity in himself. Of all the charges leveled against the apostle, this is not one! So, we must, therefore, conclude his blasphemy consisted in attacking and insulting God.

But when did this happen?

He had been raised a strict Jew and was a dedicated Pharisee. No Pharisee in his right mind would ever have blasphemed Yahweh. Paul, as you remember, was famous for his defense of and zeal for the Jewish faith. He would, therefore, never knowingly have reviled the name or person of God.

So then, when and whom did Paul blaspheme?

Paul gives us the answer quite plainly. In the book of Acts, when speaking to King Agrippa he says,

“I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them. And I punished them oft in every synagogue and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities. (Acts 26:9-11).

Did you see it? In Paul’s mind, his previous attacks on Christians and compelling them to deny Christ was in fact causing them to blaspheme. This means that, in Paul’s mind, Christ Jesus was God. If Paul had thought of Christ as a mere man then he could not possibly have reckoned himself as having forced people to blaspheme!

Why not?

Because attacks against men are never reckoned as blasphemous. Likewise, if Paul viewed Christ Jesus as an exalted angel or a second in command to God the attack on His person would not constitute an act of blasphemy.

After his conversion, Paul knew very clearly that Christ Jesus was God. Conversion had dispelled his ignorance and unbelief (1 Timothy 1:13).

For people, therefore, to claim to be Christians yet who continually, verbally blaspheme the beautiful name of Jesus leaves us questioning their profession of faith.

However, those of us who hold Jesus to be our Lord, Master and God, have been persuaded by the Holy Spirit that to use the lovely name of Jesus as a swear word is a serious act of blasphemy and a marked departure from the faith! If you claim to be a Christian and are in the habit of taking the Lord’s name in vain then this time of ignorance must and will come to an end as you embrace Jesus the Christ as Lord and God!

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

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The Wednesday Word: Gospel Mercies Part 2

The gospel comes to us with many benefits. These are what we call Gospel Mercies. In the first of this series of messages we discussed ‘Forgiveness’ as one of the excellent mercies from the Throne of Grace. Today we will consider ‘Accepted as Righteous’ and ‘Adoption.’

Accepted as Righteous.

Because of the doing, dying and rising again of Christ we are accepted as being righteous. Think about it. We are not merely declared innocent; we are beyond innocent. We are declared righteous and all because of the work of another. We are accepted, in Heaven, because we are in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:6).

Righteousness is a wonderful gospel benefit whereby God looks at us and says we have done everything right. We are righteous! We have been acquitted of all charges and Christ’s actual righteousness has been reckoned to us.

This is like getting our past expunged and being given a totally new identity. It’s better than being in a witness protection program that is 100% secure!

Since all things are now new, we have no time to run around the place feeling guilty. What do we have to feel guilty about? We have dealt with all our sin at the cross. All the rotten wretched things we have ever done are under the blood: They are forgiven, forgotten, buried and done away with in Christ!

We believers, as lawbreakers, used to be under a curse (Galatians 3:10), but now Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law having been made a curse for us at the cross (Galatians 3:13). God now reckons us as being righteous.

That is why we read in 1 Corinthians 1:30,

“Christ is made unto us righteousness.”

Get absorbed in this truth and guilt will never again take a hold of you. Bathe yourself in the knowledge that all your guilt and sin was charged to Christ’s account and that all His righteousness is reckoned to yours. We can never hear enough of this glorious truth!

Adoption

It’s good to be forgiven and accepted as righteous, but it’s even better to be made a child of God. And that’s exactly what happened to us as a result of the gospel. We are children of God by faith in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:26). As His children, the Father loves us in the same way He loves Christ!

We don’t have to try to make God love us. A child doesn’t have to cajole a good parent into love. It’s not, therefore, a presumption for us to say (and to keep saying), “God loves me.”

The fact is, if you are a believer, He’s crazy about you!

Hard for us to believe isn’t it? That’s because we know what we are really like. We live with ourselves. Everywhere we go, there we are! We’ve taken a good look at ourselves and found that there’s not too much to love in there. Too often we don’t feel loved because we feel unlovable. Many of us have developed, ‘an orphaned heart’! We feel the Lord couldn’t really love us.

Listen to me, I’ve got some good news. The more we know the gospel and its mercies, the more we will realize that we don’t have to feel loved. We need to stop trying to feel His love and, instead, begin to believe His love. We are His children; we are in Christ and we are loved! Confess it and claim it. Believe this gospel mercy and begin to enjoy life.

Before we finish, listen to this … “Behold what manner of love the Father has given unto us that we should be called Sons of God” (1John 3:1).

What manner of love indeed!

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

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The Wednesday Word: The Gospel and Faith Part 6

Many times, in the Old Testament, the question is asked of God “Who is like unto Thee”. For example,

“Who is like unto Thee, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like Thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders? (Exodus 15:11)

Likewise, “Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high, who hast done great things: O God, who is like unto Thee!” (Psalms 71:19).

Furthermore, “Who is a God like unto Thee, that pardons iniquity and passes by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? He retains not his anger forever, because He delights in mercy (Micah 7:18).

Who indeed is like Jesus?

Is Buddha like Him? No!

Or Mohammed? No!

Or any of the host of religious leaders from the past? No!

When do we ever read of Buddha, Mohammed or Confucius or any of them cleansing their people from their sins?

Never!

Who is like unto Thee?

Not only did Christ cleanse His people’s sin, but forty days after the crucifixion, He ascended into heaven, where He was welcomed with all honour and exaltation. But here’s the thing … when He was welcomed and honoured, His blood bought people were exalted and seated along with Him (Ephesians 2:5-6).

That’s what the Word teaches, and we, believers, take it by faith! Neither Buddha nor Mohammed nor any of the famous religious leaders did this for their people! So, the follower of Christ can now say, “As certainly as God came to this earth in the Person of Jesus Christ, just so certainly have I gone to heaven in Him.”

Let me challenge you … begin to make this your confession! Tell yourself this truth of being in Christ. Let it fasten itself to your heart.

‘Brother Miles, are you suggesting that we think this truth?’ Yes indeed, think it! But don’t stop there. Don’t merely think it, say it … confess it and declare it. We are complete in Him (Colossians 2:10).

The gospel is not, as some would have us believe, about all the good things that He is going to do at some stage in the future, nor is it all about the good things God is doing now in our lives, but rather, the gospel proclaims Christ, His doing, dying and rising again. It is objective not subjective. In the gospel, we focus on Christ and the wonderful things He accomplished in the past in history.

As a result of the gospel, we see we have been forgiven, justified, adopted, reconciled, redeemed and restored to glory and honour in the Person of Jesus Christ.

What wonderful news!

Listen to this, as a result of the gospel we can say, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:” (Ephesians 1:3). Also, “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us (made us alive) together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved and has raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: (Ephesians 2:4-6).

To summarise, faith sees and embraces that we are in Christ and that we are complete in Him (Colossians 2:10).

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

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