The “Town Sinner” had no one in polite society to befriend her. She made her living being used by others as means to an end. Yet in Christ, she found a friend that sticks closer then a Brother. In Christ she found a treasure worth far more than the costly ointment she carried in the alabaster box! A great sinner met the Great Savior-and her life would never be the same.
Do I believe that the Holy Spirit does a progressive work of making us holier more and more each day? No. We are complete in Christ. Do we believe the Holy Spirit testifies of Christ in the preaching of the Word to encourage God’s people to love the brethren and do acceptable works AS those who are sanctified? Absolutely.
Storms will come, mighty waves will roll, the harsh winds of circumstance shaking us, at times, to the very core. Yet we, poor and needy sinners all, have a sure and steadfast hope in Christ, the Lamb slain from before the foundation of the world. Job looked forward to this Redeemer, his last remaining hope. Even in the midst of hell on earth, knowing the Redeemer is enough. Knowing Christ has gone your way is a joy worth much more than rubies! Knowing the Redeemer in the full pardon of your sins is always enough!
When sickness assails our mortal bodies, it could be a sickness unto death. Yet God is faithful to give His people the abiding truth of the matter: God is in control. Worship the Lord in the midst of your storm! Worship the Lord in the swirling tempest of life’s darkest hours. In all things, give thanks!
Job is an ancient account of a man who through no immediate fault of his own suffered the loss everything. Everything. His livestock stolen or destroyed, his children killed as well, Job was left with nothing save his own life. And it is what Job does in response to all of this tragedy that makes a child of God perk up and take notice. Though Job lost everything, all of his livestock and all of his precious family, He replied as a man who understood the sovereignty of Almighty God.
So how does one know he is saved? He believes the Gospel as revealed in Scripture, putting no confidence in the flesh and trusting only in Christ, his righteous surety who died that he might live eternally, the only true object of saving faith. He has promised to raise believers up on the last day, to never leave them alone, to go and prepare a place for that where He is, His people may be also. All confidence is placed in Christ alone. This is a biblical profession of faith. If a man testifies to this saving Gospel, he is a brother in Christ, having “passed from death unto life.”
Our righteousness is in Christ alone. He has forgiven us for His Name’s sake, having illuminated the darkness of our hearts. Christ, the Light of Love, motivates His people to love and care for our brothers and sisters.
Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. (2) For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, (3) how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at…