Give Thanks for the Glorious Gospel

On the other hand, I ask my readers to observe how deeply thankful we ought to be for the glorious Gospel of the grace of God. There is a remedy revealed for man’s need, as wide and broad and deep as man’s disease. We need not be afraid to look at sin, and study its nature, origin, power, extent, and vileness, if we only look at the same time at the Almighty medicine provided for us in the salvation that is in Jesus Christ. Though sin has abounded, grace has much more abounded. Yes: in the everlasting covenant of redemption, to which Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are parties—in the Mediator of that covenant, Jesus Christ the righteous, perfect God and perfect Man in one Person—in the work that He did by dying for our sins and rising again for our justification—in the offices that He fills as our Priest, Substitute, Physician, Shepherd, and Advocate—in the precious blood He shed which can cleanse from all sin—in the everlasting righteousness that He brought in—in the perpetual intercession that He carries on as our Representative at God’s right hand—in His power to save to the uttermost the chief of sinners, His willingness to receive and pardon the vilest, His readiness to bear with the weakest—in the grace of the Holy Spirit which He plants in the hearts of all His people, renewing, sanctifying and causing old things to pass away and all things to become new—in all this—and oh, what a brief sketch it is!—in all this, I say, there is a full, perfect, and complete medicine for the hideous disease of sin. Awful and tremendous as the right view of sin undoubtedly is, no one need faint and despair if he will take a right view of Jesus Christ at the same time. No wonder that old Flavel ends many a chapter of his admirable “Fountain of Life” with the touching words, “Blessed be God for Jesus Christ.”

J.C. Ryle   “Holiness:Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties and Roots


Believe in the Riches of His Grace

“Perhaps much of our slow progress in the walk of faith is to be traced to our overlooking the love of the Spirit.

We do not deal with Him, for strength and advancement, as one who really loves us, and longs to bless us, and delights to help our infirmities.

We regard Him as cold, or distant, or austere; we do not trust Him for His grace, nor realize how much He is in earnest in His dealings with us.

More childlike confidence in Him and in His love would help us on mightily. Let us not grieve Him, nor vex Him, nor quench Him by our untrustfulness, by disbelieving or doubting the riches of His grace, the abundance of His loving-kindness.”

Horatius Bonar  “The Holy Spirit”

Daily Meditation on God’s Love

“It’s essential for us to think about God’s love today because it is only his love that can grant us the joy that will strengthen  our hearts, the courage that will embolden us in our fight against sin, and the assurance that will enable us to open up our lives to him so that he might deal powerfully with our unbelief and idolatry.  If we’re not completely convinced that his love is ours right now-fully and unalterably ours-we’ll always hide in the shadows, focusing on our performance, fearing his wrath.  Prayer will be hard because we won’t want to approach him or be transparent before him.  Witnessing will be a chore, for who would want to talk to others about a god who is demanding, angry, or cold?  If we don’t consciously live in the light of his love, the gospel will be secondary, virtually meaningless, and Jesus Christ will fade into insignificance.  Our faith will become all about us, our performance, and how we think we’re doing, and our transformation will be hindered.

What must we remember?  Simply that God loves us so much that he crushed his Son so that we might be his and that this love isn’t based on our worthiness or performance.  His love doesn’t fluctuate from day to day.  It was settled the moment he set it upon you before the foundation of the world.”

Elyse Fitzpatrick “Because He Loves Me”

Heart’s Ease

“Oh set your hearts to the consideration of the incomparable unparalleled love of Jesus, in dying that cursed death of the cross for sinners.  Consider and meditate, hold your hearts to it, until your hearts be affected with His love, His love that passeth the love of women, love passing understanding.  And consider how well He deserves and how much He challenges your love.  Consider once again, what a most lovely person Jesus is, who is altogether lovely, the “brightness of his Father’s glory, in whom dwells all fullness,” Heb 1:3, and in whom is all power in heaven and earth, Matt. 28:18, and labor to affect your hearts with His most admirable excellencies, and then come unto Him weary and heavy laden with your sins, willing to part with them all; give up your whole selves to Him, give Him your whole hearts, and take Him for your Head and Husband, for your only Lord and Savior; enter actually into covenant with Him, to become His, and His alone, and  His forever.  Thus work out your salvation and your consolation, by believing in Jesus, in blessed, all-sufficient Jesus, trusting to Him, be trusting all with Him, and God will work in you “both to will and to do.” Phil. 2:12, 13.  Use these means in the strength of God, and doubt not, but in the use of them, you shall obtain this precious faith; which having and acting, you shall find it to be your heart’s ease in all your heart trouble.”

John Bunyan “Heart’s Ease in Heart Trouble”

The Gospel Message

“The gospel message–you have been cleansed from sin–is the pinnacle of God’s loving work in the world, and just as it is this work that saves us, it is also this work that transforms and sustains us.  The gospel is the message that must remain paramount throughout all our life.  It must not be relegated to yesterday’s news or tucked away with our faded photos of our first steps in Christ.  Jesus’ death cleanses us from sin, but it also guarantees our ultimate transformation into his image.  This transformation occurs, Paul writes, while we gaze upon him, think about him, and muse on him as he has revealed himself to us in the gospel. ‘And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another'(2 Cor. 3:18).  Behold his glory in the gospel and be transformed.”

Elyse Fitzpatrick (Because He Loves Me)

The Immeasurable Love of Christ

“Act your faith on Christ as yours, your Jesus, He that died for you, He that sweated great drops of blood for you in the garden, wrestling and grappling with His Father’s wrath for you in your name and stead there, and upon the cross.  Consider, that this your dearest Jesus, now in glory, knows your souls in adversity; He seeth all the trouble of your hearts.  He sympathizeth wtih you in your afflictions.  His heart, now in heaven, ‘is touched with the feeling of your infirmities’ on earth. Heb. 4:15  He hath human nature still, though glorified.  He feels our losses, crosses, griefs, pains and sorrows.  His heart, His most tender heart, is affected.  Oh that we could but believe this!  and thus consider with ourselves.  Here I sit solitary as a widow, or a widower, or childless, or fatherless, or motherless, or friendless; my family is broken; I feel pains and sickness; I am deprived of my liberty, my sweet relations and comfortable friends are laid in the dust; I have none about me to counsel or comfort me; I am brought low in the world; my estate is diminished, my honor and reputation lost, my pleasure gone, my flesh faileth me, my strength faileth, lovers and friends fail me, etc.  Such complaints we are apt enough to make, and it may be worse than these.  My God hath forsaken me, He hides His face from me; I am compassed about with temptations, and dejecting and distracting thoughts.  I am persecuted, banished from house and home, all my outward and inward comforts fail me.  These have been the cases and conditions of God’s dearest servants, as Job, David, Heman, and others; but yet let not your hearts be troubled for all this.  ‘Ye believe in God,’ act your faith on God, yea, and act it on Christ also:  believe in Jesus, look up by faith unto Jesus your dear Lord.  Whatsoever, whomsoever you have lost you have not lost your Jesus, your best Friend, your heavenly Husband.  You have His eye, His tender watchful provident eye upon you still.  You have His ear, open to your cries still.  Yea, you have His everlasting arms underneath you to sustain you still, for else you would sink.  Oh then, act faith upon the sweet nature of Christ as your Head and Husband.  ‘Can a mother forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb?’ Isa. 49:15 Possibly she may.  But can Jesus forget those whom He died for, and travailed for? No, no, He will not hide His face forever.  He will never forget His people.  Your maker is your Husband; and He is the Father of Mercies.”

John Bunyan (Heart’s Ease in Heart Trouble)

Enter Into Your Rest

“Come, then, let us labor to enter into this rest. Let us quit the weary toil of sin and self. Let us cease from all confidence, even in those works of which it might be said, “They are very good.” Have we any such? Still, let us cease from our own works, as God did from His. Now let us find solace in the finished work of our LORD Jesus. Everything is fully done: justice demands no more. Great peace is our portion in Christ Jesus. As to providential matters, the work of grace in the soul and the work of the LORD in the souls of others, let us cast these burdens upon the LORD and rest in Him. When the LORD gives us a yoke to bear, He does so that by taking it up we may find rest. By faith we labor to enter into the rest of God, and we renounce all rest in self-satisfaction or indolence. Jesus Himself is perfect rest, and we are filled to the brim in Him.”

Charles Spurgeon (Faith’s Checkbook)

Praising and thanking  God that everything has already been done and justice demands no more!

“In your pursuit of godliness, have you left Jesus behind?”

The title of this post is a quote from one of Elyse Fitzpatrick’s books entitled “Because He Loves Me”.  Reading that book, by the grace of God, turned me around spiritually.  It is my hope that this blog will be a tool that points to Christ and that it will bring glory to Him.  It is not my plan for this to be a blog in the traditional sense (where I write about my life, opinions, etc.).  My desire is to have a place where one can read Biblical, cross-centered quotations as an encouragement in daily God-honoring  living.

“True Christianity is not a program of self-improvement; it’s an acknowledgement that something more than self-improvement is needed.  What’s needed is death and resurrection; gospel words, gospel constructs, gospel motives, gospel power–a loving Redeemer.”

Elyse Fitzpatrick (Because He Loves Me)

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