Thursday, July 14, 2011

It Is a Very Good Thing That It Does Not Depend Upon My Works

Too often, as Christians, we speak of what "we" can do for "Christ". As if there were anything that we could do in and of ourselves for Christ. And we often think too little of the real work, of what Christ has done for us. Jesus is the doer. We are the recipients of his work.

I've begun reading volume 2 of The Triple Knowledge: An Exposition of the Heidelberg Catechism by Herman Hoeksema. I'm a slow reader and I'm not a deeply intellectual thinker. But I understand well enough and rejoice in the following quote (Vol 2, page 31) in reference to what Christ has done for us.

  • "As the mediator of our redemption He (that is, Jesus) "purchased" all things for us.
  • He represented us in all His suffering and death.
  • He took our place in the judgment of God.
  • Our sins He took upon Himself.
  • He assumed responsibility for our guilt. In that capacity, He became obedient unto death, yea, unto the death of the cross.
  • And by His perfect obedience, He, the Son of God in the flesh, blotted out the guilt of our sin, and merited for us eternal righteousness and life. This part of the work of salvation is finished.
  • All that are in Him have redemption in His blood, the forgiveness of sins, the right to eternal life, to all the blessings of salvation."

It's a very good thing that my salvation does not depend upon what I do. For if that were the case, I would be eternally lost.

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7 comments:

Trisha said...

Isn't is the most wonderful news??!! So thankful for this wondrous gift of salvation! Beautiful post!

BTW, the Heidelberg is the catechism we teach our children.

ksrgmck said...

This reminds me - I need to get that book by Kevin DeYoung off my shelf and read it. I got it after reading about it in one of your posts.

-Kelly

Dorothy said...

Amen, sister! What an excellent post!

Maryann said...

I too, am glad it doesn't depend on my works. Good news indeed!

Mary Paddock said...

As would I. Thank you for this.

Living on Less Money said...

Yes, yes, yes! I've been tempted to stay focused on my sin today but by God's grace I've continued to preach the Gospel to myself instead. Life changing!

Servivorgirl said...

It's sometimes difficult to comprehend the enormity of His grace. Thank you for the post, as it helps synthesize the truth. To just understand would be a blessing in and of itself. I feel and know, and believe. Peace to you, Denise