“I am a debtor both to the Greeks and the Barbarians: both to the wise and unwise.” By that, Paul meant he was indebted to all men. And what was the debt he owed them? The preaching of the Gospel! His reasoning was, since God had saved the very chief of sinners in saving him, he was obligated to tell other sinners that “faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation: that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.” This we know. No sinner will be saved apart from hearing and believing the Gospel. And we have been given this mandate, “Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.” Oh, that God would give us a sense of indebtedness toward men that creates a desire for them to hear and be saved by the same Gospel that saved us. May we all say and feel “I am a debtor.”
Pastor Todd Nibert
Laboring and Sitting Should Be at Christ’s Feet
Mary was not praised for sitting still; no, but for sitting still at Jesus’ feet. And so, Christians are not to be praised, if they neglect duties, merely because they live in retirement, and keep much at home: it is not sitting, I say, but sitting at Jesus’ feet. Had Martha been sitting still, or had Mary been sitting anywhere else, I doubt not that the Master would have given a word of rebuke; he would never have said that mere sitting still was choosing the good part. Indeed, I know some of you who are none the better for doing nothing, but a great deal the worse; for those who do nothing grow sour, and are always willing to find fault with the way in which others serve Christ. Do not think, therefore, that mere activity is in itself an evil: I believe it is a blessing. Taking a survey of Christ’s Church, you will find that those who have most fellowship with Christ, are not the persons who are recluses or hermits, who have much time to spend with themselves, but they are the useful indefatigable laborers who are toiling for Jesus, and who in their toil have Him side by side with them, so that they are workers together with God. Charles Spurgeon
…without me ye can do nothing. John 15:5
A current oracle of wisdom adorning the sign in front of a “church” near my home reads “If God is your co-pilot, swap seats!” I really do my best to completely ignore such nonsense, but now and then one, such as this, displays in a remarkable way the depth of religious error apart from revealing grace.
Even this “correction” of a previously conceived masterpiece-“God is my co-pilot”, is a weakly disguised declaration of the humanism that is the new age gospel of anti-Christ.
If your God needs a co-pilot, you are in deep trouble. If you cooperated in any way whatsoever with God in the matter of your salvation, then there is no grace for you and you have no Savior. Christ is all and in all (Col 3:11), the Alpha and Omega (Rev 21:6), the Author and Finisher of our faith (Heb 12:2). There is no need for any sinner to swap seats with God because there is only one seat. It is the throne of the universe, and Christ sits upon it (Rev 4:2). My only hope is to sit there in Him (Eph 2:6), and this happens only at His sovereign, gracious, saving discretion.
If men and women are ever made to see how utterly dependent we are upon Christ, then certainly we would fly to Him. We hang utterly upon His mercy. He will save us or damn us as it pleases Him. But whether pilot or co-pilot, grace is no more grace (Rom 11:6). If I have any hand in it, then it is disaster. I am nothing, I have nothing, I can do nothing, and I like it that way. Christ is all, is not a slogan or a saying we put on our church sign. It is the indisputable message of holy scripture.
Neither salvation nor sanctification are in any way a cooperative effort. When Peter was sinking beneath the waves, he didn’t say, “Lord, nothing is going to happen today that you and I together can’t handle.” He said, “Lord, save me.”
Pastor Chris Cunningham
A SAVIOR WORTH TRUSTING
My wife and I recently took our daughter to the airport where she would leave on a Trans Atlantic flight. I would have liked to see the pilot so I could tell him that I was committing to his care one of the most precious things in the world to me. I also would have liked to see if he looked like he had done this before: did he have the experience to take my baby across the ocean? Did he have the wisdom to know what details should be checked? Did he have the patience to check and double check every detail? Did he have the ability to handle that aircraft in a variety of weather conditions? Did he have the knowledge of the maps they would use so he knew the proper route to take so they would arrive safely? I am sure he had all of that and more.
As we were leaving the airport, I thought how thankful I am that our Savior is worth trusting. Sinners can confidently put all of their hope of salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ. Does Christ our Savior have the experience to save a sinner like me? Yes, He is the eternal Savior, the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Christ has been the Savior of sinners longer than there have been sinners. Does Christ have the wisdom to save a sinner like me? Yes, His very name is Wisdom, in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (Col 2:3) He not only knows how to save His people, He knows His sheep and calls His sheep by name. Does Christ have the ability to save a sinner like me? Yes, He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. (Heb 7:25) Does Christ have the patience to save a sinner like me? Yes, Thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth. (Ps 86:15) Does Christ know the route to salvation and ultimate glorification for a sinner like me? Yes my friend He does, for Christ IS the way of salvation.
How thankful I am to have such a Savior in whom I can entrust my most precious possession: my soul. I say with the apostle Paul, “I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.” By: Frank Tate
LOOK TO CHRIST
Faith is necessary for salvation. But, we do not look to our faith to save us; rather, in faith, we look to Christ. Repentance is necessary for salvation. But we do not look to our repentance to save us; rather, in repentance, we turn to Christ. There are graces, which God works in us as He saves us. But these graces are never to be the object of our trust, confidence or hopeful gaze. All the graces God gives us in salvation are to be used to look to, turn to, appreciate and lay hold of Christ, who is our salvation! Joe Terrell
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