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We live in such a changeful age, that we need all to be exhorted to be rooted and grounded, confirmed and established, in the truth.
First, to this point , we have faith, we have hope. Then, secondly, what we have done. We have made a profession of that faith— a confession of that hope. Then, thirdly, what we are now to do—to hold fast that profession of faith and hope; and if you ask me, in the fourth place, why we are to do it? I shall in closing give you this reason— because “he is faithful that promised.”
Let us think of WHAT WE ALREADY HAVE by the grace of God. We have no other confidence. Where could we find any other? He is the rock of our salvation. We could not invent another trust, however hard we were put to it, or however much we wished to do so. If Jesus were to say, “Will ye also go away?” we should be compelled to answer, “Lord, to whom should we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life.”
It is past all question with you that Jesus bore your sins in his own body on the tree. You have no doubt about his wondrous death and his marvellous resurrection from among the dead. You believe that he has offered a sacrifice once, which once offered has ended the sin of his people, and that he has gone into his glory, and is now sitting at the right hand of God, expecting till his foes be made his footstool. You have no more doubt about that than you have about your own existence. You also believe that he will shortly come to be our Judge— that he will gather the nations before ‘him, and that he will reign King of kings and Lord of lords. Your faith, then, in the Lord Jesus Christ is not a matter of “if” and “but”: you stake your salvation on it. I can truly say that if what I preach be not true, I am a lost man. I have invested all that I have in Christ. If this barque sink I drown, for I cannot swim, and I know no other life-boat. Christ is all in all to me: without him I can do nothing, I have nothing, I am nothing. Jesus in the matter of salvation is everything from beginning to end to me. And you can say the same, I know.
Our faith deals with what God says, not with what learned men think. What the Spirit of God has written in this inspired Book is truth to us, and we allow no human teaching to rank side by side with it. Well, then, we have faith — faith that believes, faith that learns, faith that reclines, faith that trusts him/herself entirely in the love of God through His Word, faith that can say, “Father, into thy hand I commit my spirit.” We have it, and we know that we have it. If any of you here do not know it, do not rest until you do know it.
Oh yes, beloved! We have a blessed hope, a hope most “sure and steadfast, which entereth into that which is within the veil.” If I begin to describe our hope, I must begin with —the hope of the coming of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; for we believe that when he shall appear, we shall also appear with him in glory.
We believers, and truly “born of God” or “regenerated” by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, nothing in heaven or earth “shall be able to separate (us) from the love of God”.
📖 Romans 8:39)
📖 1 Cor 15:58