Wednesday, October 28, 2009

"Justification By Faith" - By Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest

Like my niece, Becky, who writes on more than one blog (I honestly do not know how she does it!), there just does not seem to be enough time to post new articles. My life is not overwhelmed by physical activity (although my physical condition could USE more physical activity!), but it does seem to be full of a great deal of spiritual activity lately. And, unfortunately for my readers, it is not here on the blog!

This morning's devotion from Oswald Chambers is a good reminder of how we are justified - found innocent - in God's sight. As my witness has reminded me lately, it is not me who does the work, it is the Holy Spirit. All I am capable of doing is giving the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those who have not yet received it and by expressing the truth that it is by His atoning work on the cross that we are able to stand and be found innocent before God's throne. And as the conclusion of Mr. Chamber's devotion states, there is nothing more I can do to acquire salvation than that which has already been done by my Savior Jesus Christ.

I, like Chambers, know that I am saved. The marvelous "how" will be explained later when I am standing face-to-face with my God and He spends an eternity telling me all about it.

I hope the following devotion also blesses you this morning as it has me.

"For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life."
Romans 5:10

"I am not saved by believing; I realize I am saved by believing. It is not repentance that saves me; repentance is the sign that I realize what God has done in Christ Jesus. The danger is to put the emphasis on the effect instead of on the cause. 'It is my obedience that puts me right with God, my consecration.' Never! I am put right with God because prior to all, Christ died. When I turn to God and by belief accept what God reveals I can accept, instantly the stupendous Atonement of Jesus Christ rushes me into a right relationship with God; and by the supernatural miracle of God's grace I stand justified, not because I am sorry for my sin, not because I have repented, but because of what Jesus has done. The Spirit of God brings it with a breaking, all-over light, and I know, though I do not know how, that I am saved.

The salvation of God does not stand on human logic, it stands on the sacrificial Death of Jesus. We can be born again because of the Atonement of Our Lord. Sinful men and women can be changed into new creatures, not by their repentance or their belief, but by the marvelous work of God in Christ Jesus which is prior to all experience. The impregnable safety of justification and sanctification is God Himself. We have not to work out these things ourselves; they have been worked out by the Atonement. The supernatural becomes natural by the miracle of God; there is the realization of what Jesus Christ has already done -

'It is finished.' "

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