Living in Light of the
Passion of Jesus Christ
Nothing in history was as radical as the passion or the suffering of the Lord Jesus Christ. Being God, Christ came to this earth as a man to suffer and die on the cross for sinners who despise Him, reject Him, and even crucify Him. It is because of our sins that Christ had to suffer and die on the cross. Dear believer, since Christ has radically suffered and died for our sins, shouldn’t we radically live for Him?
Paul puts it this way in Philippians 2:5: “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” What is the mind of Christ? “Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Paul uses the mind of Christ as the foundation for the command to have the same mind: “Be likeminded, having the same love....” [more…]
The Nature of Justifying Faith
Justifying faith is not a simple assent to the truths of the gospel. Judas knew the Scriptures, and without doubt assented to the truth of them when he was a zealous preacher of the gospel; but he never had so much as one ounce of justifying faith in his soul…
Even Judas’ master, the devil himself — one far enough, I suppose, from justifying faith — assents to the truth of the Word. He goes against his conscience when he denies it. When he tempted Christ he did not dispute against Scripture, but from Scripture, drawing his arrows out of this very quiver (Matt. 4:6). And at another time, he makes as full a confession of Christ as Peter himself did (Matt. 8:29, compared with Matt.16:17). Assent to the truth of the Word is but an act of the understanding, which reprobates and devils may exercise. But justifying faith has its substance both in the understanding and the will; therefore it is called a believing ‘with the heart’ (Rom. 10:10). ‘Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest’ (Acts 8:37). It takes in all the powers of the soul. [more…]
From The Christian in Complete Armour by Willian Gurnall