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Today’s Grace Gem

Milk white!

“The blood of Jesus cleanses us from all our sin!”
1 John 1:7

Christ’s blood is a CLEANSING blood.

As the merit of Christ’s blood pacifies God—so the
virtue of it purifies us. Christ’s blood is heaven’s bath.
It is a laver to wash in. It washes a crimson sinner—
milk-white!

The Word of God is a looking-glass to show us our
spots—and the blood of Christ is a fountain to wash
them away! “On that day a fountain will be opened
—to cleanse them from all their sins and defilement!”
Zechariah 13:1

But this blood will not wash—if it is mingled with
anything. If we mingle our good works with Christ’s
blood—it will not wash. Let Christ’s blood be pure and
unmixed—and there is no spot which it cannot wash
away! It purged out Noah’s drunkenness—and Lot’s
incest!

~Thomas Watson

He that loveth not knoweth not God

“He that loveth not knoweth not God.” — 1 John 4:8

The distinguishing mark of a Christian is his confidence in the love of Christ, and the yielding of his affections to Christ in return. First, faith sets her seal upon the man by enabling the soul to say with the apostle, “Christ loved me and gave Himself for me.” Then love gives the countersign, and stamps upon the heart gratitude and love to Jesus in return. “We love Him because He first loved us.” In those grand old ages, which are the heroic period of the Christian religion, this double mark was clearly to be seen in all believers in Jesus; they were men who knew the love of Christ, and rested upon it as a man leaneth upon a staff whose trustiness he has tried. The love which they felt towards the Lord was not a quiet emotion which they hid within themselves in the secret chamber of their souls, and which they only spake of in their private assemblies when they met on the first day of the week, and sang hymns in honour of Christ Jesus the crucified, but it was a passion with them of such a vehement and all-consuming energy, that it was visible in all their actions, spoke in their common talk, and looked out of their eyes even in their commonest glances. Love to Jesus was a flame which fed upon the core and heart of their being; and, therefore, from its own force burned its way into the outer man, and shone there. Zeal for the glory of King Jesus was the seal and mark of all genuine Christians. Because of their dependence upon Christ’s love they dared much, and because of their love to Christ they did much, and it is the same now. The children of God are ruled in their inmost powers by love—the love of Christ constraineth them; they rejoice that divine love is set upon them, they feel it shed abroad in their hearts by the Holy Ghost, which is given unto them, and then by force of gratitude they love the Saviour with a pure heart, fervently. My reader, do you love Him? Ere you sleep give an honest answer to a weighty question!
Spurgeon

Salvation Is The Finished Work Of Christ

“My reader, salvation is the finished work of Christ, and the free gift of God; and nothing less and nothing more is required of you than that, with a penitent and believing heart — you trust in the blood and righteousness of the Lord Jesus. God has laid all your sins, all your curse, and all your condemnation — upon Christ! And all that He asks of you in return is, a believing, loving, obedient reception of His Son.” ~ Octavius Winslow

Religious Rituals Do Not Save

This past Sunday Pastor David continued his series in Galatians.  Speaking on the passage of  chapter 2:11-15 we saw how Paul opposed Peter in public when Peter started to fall back into Judaism.  One thing we need to avoid is getting caught up in religious rituals thinking that our pious activity would be able to lead us to salvation.  As Christians we need to make sure we don’t make our religious duties or ministries idols that distract us from the one who should be our true idol – Jesus Christ.  Everything we think, say and do should always be to the glory of God and not ourselves.

During the sermon, Pastor David read a great quote from Martin Luther who stated:

“The nefarious opinion of the papists, which attributes the merit of grace and the remission of sins to works, must here be emphatically rejected. The papists say*1 that a good work performed before grace has been obtained, is able to secure grace for a person, because it is no more than right that God should reward a good deed. When grace has already been obtained, any good work deserves everlasting life as a due payment and reward for merit. For the first, God is no debtor, they say; but because God is good and just, it is no more than right (they say) that He should reward a good work by granting grace for the service. But when grace has already been obtained, they continue, God is in the position of a debtor, and is in duty bound to reward a good work with the gift of eternal life. This is the wicked teaching of the papacy.

Now, if I could perform any work acceptable to God and deserving of grace, and once having obtained grace my good works would continue to earn for me the right and reward of eternal life, why should I stand in need of the grace of God and the suffering and death of Christ? Christ would be of no benefit to me. Christ’s mercy would be of no use to me.”

Remember, no work of ours can ever save us or merit God’s favor.  God is in no way obligated to save anyone, whether we perform good works or not.   God chooses whom He wants to save and when.  The only thing we have to bring to the table is our sinfulness.  We are all sinners saved by the grace and mercy of God alone.

Behold The Lamb!

“Those who have done most for Christ’s cause in every part of the world, have been people like John the Baptist. They have not cried, ‘Behold me’, or ‘Behold the church’, or ‘Behold the ordinances’, but ‘BEHOLD THE LAMB.’ If souls are to be saved, people must be pointed directly to Christ.” ~ J.C. Ryle

Are You Converted?

“Are we converted ourselves? This is the one point to which our attention ought to be directed. Our experience may not tally with that of other believers. But that is not the question. Do we feel sin, hate it, and flee from it? Do we love Christ, and rest solely on Him for salvation? Are we bringing forth fruits of the Spirit in righteousness and true holiness? If these things are so we may thank God, and take courage.”  ~  J. C. Ryle

Christianity and the Cross

“Miserable indeed is that religious teaching which calls itself Christian, and yet contains nothing of the cross. A man who teaches in this way might as well profess to explain the solar system, and yet tell his hearers nothing about the sun.” ~ J.C. Ryle

Being Filled With The Holy Spirit

“To be filled with the Spirit is to be under His total domination and control… To be filled with the Spirit involves confession of sin, surrender of will, intellect, body, time, talent, possessions, and desires.  It requires the death of selfishness and the slaying of self-will… To be filled with God’s Spirit is to be filled with his Word.  And as we are filled with God’s Word, it controls our thinking and action.”  ~  John MacArthur

Glory in Tribulation

Romans 5: 1-5

“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our lord Jesus Christ. Through Him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who had been given to us.”

Many of us love to quote this scripture when we have a difficult time, but quoting it does not a wise man make.  We must cling to it with all strength and faith.  You see what Paul is telling the reader is this,  we can give God praise and glory in our sufferings because through the saving faith of Christ we have full access to the promises of God upon His elect. Thus we can trust that the Holy Spirit that is in us will give us the strength and courage to endure the suffering and every trial and suffering that we endure increases our character. And it is that character that we then live out to the world..  That character is the character of Christ.

May God bless you today.

Dustin DeVos