September 15, 2007


Posted in Uncategorized at 2:34 pm by Dan Barnett

Here are a couple quotes I ran across today while studying for an upcoming sermon.

“He is a miserable, unsettled wretch, who cleaves to himself, and forgets God; is only perplexed about his credit, and gain, and base ends, which are often broken, and which, when he attains, both he and they must shortly perish together. But he who has given up himself and his all to God, may say confidently that the Lord is his portion; and nothing but glory through Christ Jesus, is solid and lasting; that abideth for ever.” —Matthew Henry

“O this faith is a living busy active powerful thing.  It is impossible that it should not be ceaselessly doing that which is good.  It does not even ask whether good works should be done, but before the question can be asked it has done them.  And it is constantly engaged in doing them.  But he who does not do such works is a man without faith.  He gropes and casts about him to find faith and good works, not knowing what either of them is and yet prattles and idly multiplies words about faith and good works………………..Faith is a living well‑founded confidence in the grace of God, so perfectly certain that it would die a thousand times rather than surrender its conviction.  Such confidence and personal knowledge of divine grace makes it possessor joyful, bold, full of warm affection toward God and all created things, all of which the Holy Spirit works in faith.  Hence, such a man becomes without constraint willing and eager to do good to everyone, to serve everyone, to suffer all manner of ills in order to please and glorify God who has shown toward him such grace.” –Martin Luther

“The emphasis today tends to be on viewing salvation as receiving the forgiveness of sins by faith in Christ.  That, of course, is true.  But most salvation preaching seems to center only on that and even to consummate only on that and so the cross becomes the focal point.  The cross is that point at which Christ bears our sins and seems then to be the focal point of salvation because it is there that the sinner finds grace for the forgiveness of his sins……The early church saw salvation in much broader terms than that.  The early church saw salvation as something that only began with the forgiveness of sins and led to a life transformed into obedience and consummated in the glory with Jesus Christ…….     The early church did not focus on the cross.  The early church focused on what great event?  The resurrection.  It focused its attention on the resurrection.  And consequently its preoccupation was not with the point at which sin is forgiven, but the point at which new life begins.  And the resurrection is that point.  We, of course, died in Christ spiritually and in that death the penalty of sin was paid.  But we also arose in Christ, says Paul, to walk in newness of life.” –John McArthur


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