“And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” -2 Corinthians 12:9
“The promise is ‘My grace is sufficient’ (2 Cor 12:9), not ‘My grace will abolish your thorns.’” –Elisabeth Elliot
“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” -Philippians 2:5-8
“Our symbol is a cross, not a ladder.” –Burk Parsons
“For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins…” -Hebrews 10:26
If you turn from the Gospel, you’ve turned from the sacrifice of Christ for your sin, and there is no other sacrifice that will take away your sin.
-Pastor Steve Wainright (excerpts from Sunday Morning Sermon from Hebrews 10:26-31 – “Fiery Indignation“)
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“My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.” -1 John 3:18
Do we love the people of God, and thus, validate our profession of faith? Is our love the stuff of words and posturing or is it validated through real and discernible evidence such as self-denial, sacrifice, and service? — I John 3:18 -Paul Washer via Twitter
“Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.” -1 Corinthians 5:7
As Christ was on the cross, it was the day of Preparation, the day before the Passover when sacrifices and special food was being prepared. Lambs all over the land were dying as God’s Passover Lamb, OUR Passover Lamb, was dying on the cross. –excerpt from Pastor Steve Wainright’s Sunday Evening Sermon
“And he shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering: and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him.” -Leviticus 1:4
If by that laying on of his hand the bullock became the offerer’s sacrifice, how much more shall Jesus become ours by the laying on of the hand of faith?
My faith doth lay her hand On that dear head of Thine, While like a penitent I stand, And there confess my sin.
If a bullock could be accepted for him to make atonement for him, how much more shall the Lord Jesus be our full and all-sufficient propitiation? Some quarrel with the great truth of substitution; but as for us, it is our hope, our joy, our boast, our all. Jesus is accepted for us to make atonement for us, and we are “accepted in the Beloved.” Let the reader take care at once to lay his hand on the Lord’s completed sacrifice, that by accepting it he may obtain the benefit of it. If he has done so once, let him do it again. If he has never done so, let him put out his hand without a moment’s delay. Jesus is yours now if you will have Him. Lean on Him — lean hard on Him — and He is yours beyond all question; you are reconciled to God, your sins are blotted out, and you are the Lord’s.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
“If the Lord were pleased to kill us, He would not have received a burnt offering and a meat offering at our hands, neither would He have showed us all these thing.” -Judges 13:23
This is a sort of promise deduced by logic. It is an inference fairly drawn from ascertained facts. It was not likely that the Lord had revealed to Manoah and his wife that a son would be born to them and yet had it in His heart to destroy them. The wife reasoned well, and we shall do well if we follow her line of argument.
The Father has accepted the great sacrifice of Calvary and has declared Himself well pleased therewith; how can He now be pleased to kill us! Why a substitute if the sinner must still perish? The accepted sacrifice of Jesus puts an end to fear.
The Lord has shown us our election, our adoption, our union to Christ, our marriage to the Well-beloved: how can He now destroy us? The promises are loaded with blessings, which necessitate our being preserved unto eternal life. It is not possible for the Lord to cast us away and yet fulfill His covenant. The past assures us, and the future reassures us. We shall not die but live, for we have seen Jesus, and in Him we have seen the Father by the illumination of the Holy Ghost. Because of this life-giving sight we must live forever.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
Sunday Morning Sermon: Dressed in His Righteousness | Romans 3:21-23 | Steve Wainright
“But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it—the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction…” -Romans 3:21-22
There is a great division between man and God, but God has solved this problem! The law was given so it could warn man that he needed a sacrifice for his sins. At the same time God gave the law in the Old Testament, He provided the sacrificial lamb to give the righteousness of God. The law wasn’t good enough. The righteousness we need comes to us by faith in Christ.
-excerpts from Steve Wainright’s Morning Sermon
“Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.”
– 1 Timothy 1:15-
“You don’t understand the Christmas story unless you look into that manger and see a Lamb.”
Paul Tripp, via Twitter