Such A Great Savior

If my heart is genuinely filled with the message of Jesus Christ, crucified for my sins and raised for my justification, how can I lightly continue in my sins? How can I pretend that my pride is not important if it necessitated no less a remedy than the death of the Son of God? How can I easily contemplate giving myself over to lust, or gossip, or coveting, if Christ bore the Father’s curse for these sins of mine? Equally, a focus on the gospel fills my heart with hope and compassion for the lost. They are no worse sinners than I; they are merely those who have not yet had their eyes opened by God to behold the beauty of his grace. No one is sunk so low as to be beyond the reach of such good news. No sinner is too lost to be rescued by such a great Savior!

—Iain Duguid

Via: Tim Phillips

You Are My Righteousness

Learn to know Christ and him crucified. Learn to sing to him, and say, ‘Lord Jesus, you are my righteousness, I am your sin. You have taken upon yourself what is mine and given me what is yours. You have become what you were not so that I might become what I was not.’

—Martin Luther
Quoted by J.I. Packer in Growing in Christ

Via: Of First Importance

Looking Unto Jesus

It is ever the Holy Spirit’s work to turn our eyes away from self to Jesus; but Satan’s work is just the opposite of this, for he is constantly trying to make us regard ourselves instead of Christ.

He insinuates, “Your sins are too great for pardon; you have no faith; you do not repent enough; you will never be able to continue to the end; you have not the joy of His children; you have such a wavering hold of Jesus.”

All these are thoughts about self, and we shall never find comfort or assurance by looking within. But the Holy Spirit turns our eyes entirely away from self: He tells us that we are nothing, but that “Christ is all in all.”

—Charles Spurgeon
Morning and Evening

Via: Of First Importance