Fearful days I remember, when I first saw my sin;
Saw the law that I’d broken, saw my judgment so grim;
But then I cried out to Jesus and His word came to me —
‘Child, My grace is sufficient, sufficient for thee!”
Oft the tempter accuses when I fall on my face. —
‘How can you be a Christian, for you’re such a disgrace!’
I know of only one answer, just one thing can I plead:
That His grace is sufficient, sufficient for me!
O sometimes, how I fail Him, sins I hate I embrace:
Now I’m sure I’m forsaken and I’ve fallen from grace;
But as I bow down before Him, I find mercy so free —
For His grace is sufficient, sufficient for me!
I was lost, but He found me, wondering far from my home:
Clothed in garments so filthy, yet, He gave me His own:
And through eternity’s ages this my glad song shall be: —
‘Yes, His grace is sufficient, sufficient for me!’”
FAITH IS NOT THE SAVIOUR
Faith is not the Saviour. It was not faith that was born at Bethlehem and died on Golgotha for us. It was not faith that loved us and gave itself for us, that bore our sin in its own body on the tree, that died and rose again for our sins. Faith is one thing, the Saviour is another. Faith is one thing, and the cross is another. Let us not confound them nor ascribe to a poor, imperfect act of man that which belongs exclusively to the Son of the living God.
When he giveth quietness, who then can make trouble? and when he hideth his face, who then can behold him? whether it be done against a nation, or against a man only: Job 34:29
We are not trying to get everyone saved. We are seeking the Lord’s sheep. Those false preachers whom our Lord describes in his word as hirelings, thieves and robbers, those who have come in sheep’s clothing to steal, kill, destroy, and devour the souls of men, these world religious leaders have told three lies so often, for so long, that they are almost universally received as the truth of God. We do not follow the cunningly devised fables of men, which declare (1) “God loves everybody,”(2) “Christ died for everybody,: and (3) “The Lord wants to save, tries to save, and wills the salvation of everybody.”
Those things simply are not so. The fact is God almighty loves his elect, sent his Son to die for and redeem his elect, and effectually calls his elect to life and faith in Christ by the irresistible grace and omnipotent power of His Spirit. These elect ones are spoken of throughout the Word of God as “his sheep.”
Thank God for his restraints
If we hear Paul speak of his visions, let us recollect his thorn in the flesh; if we meet with a brother who rejoices abundantly, and whom God owns and blesses, let us not conclude that his pathway is all smooth. His roses have their thorns, his bees their stings. As for ourselves, let us never wish to be without our daily cross. The kite broke away from its string, and instead of mounting to the stars it descended into the mire. The river grew weary of its restraining banks, and longed to burst them, that it might rush on in the wild joy of freedom; down went the embankments, the river became a flood, and
carried destruction and desolation wherever it rushed. Unrein the coursers of the sun, and, lo! the earth is burned; unbind the girdle of the elements, and chaos reigns! Let us never desire to be rid of those restraints which God has seen fit to lay upon us; they are more needful than we dream. Remember, how the vine, when bound to the stake which upheld it, judged itself a martyr, and longed to be free; but when it saw the wild vine at its feet, rotting in the damps and pining amidst the heats, and producing no fruit; it felt how needful were its bonds if its clusters were ever to ripen. Be content, dear brother, to keep the thorn in the flesh, if it saves thee from being exalted above measure
THE SIMPLICITY THAT IS IN CHRIST
In his second letter to the Corinthians Paul said, “I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” (11:3).
There is a wonderful simplicity in saving faith and public worship, which by the grace of God we must maintain at all cost. The primary purpose of gathering in the name and presence of our God is the preaching of “Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” This serves two chief ends: It promotes the worship of God in Spirit and in truth; and is used of God in the salvation and edification of His elect.
There is no magic in the preaching of the gospel of God’s free saving grace in Christ Jesus; but it is God-ordained, God-honored, and indispensable! It is primary, paramount, A MUST!
ANY ACTIVITY which detracts from this glorious purpose of the church is destructive to “the simplicity that is in Christ.” (Entertainment, sports, social issues, church schools, day care centers, etc.)
ANYTHING which draws attention to the worshipper is destructive to “the simplicity that is in Christ.” (Rituals, ceremonies, pretty robes, bright gowns, etc.) The following poem sets forth the sad trend of our day:
–Pastor Maurice Montgomery
We live in a new era.
A new fad’s going ‘round;
Folks now go to church,
To “have fun” and “get down!”
There is Christian Rock music,
Country-Western and Swing;
There is something for all;
“Come and do your own thing.”
The sovereign God is not mentioned,
On His high and holy throne;
Men bring their own notions,
And mold a god of their own.
There are no doctrinal divisions,
No cause for any to get sore;
All is sweetness and perfume,
Of the world’s greatest WHORE!!! (REV.17)