THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
An old Methodist preacher once offered this prayer
in a meeting: "Lord, help us to trust Thee with our souls."
Many voices responded with a hearty, old-fashioned
The minister continued, "Lord, help us to trust Thee
with our bodies,"
Again the response was a vociferous "Amen!"
Then with still more warmth he said, "And, Lord,
help us to trust Thee with our money."
Not an "amen" was heard in the house, except that
of one impoverished old lady.
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:
for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one
that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed
from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
LIGHT from the WORD.
The "gospel of Christ" is the revelation of the
LOVE of GOD to ALL mankind!
It is Jesus living through life without sin, then placing HIS
life on the cross as an atonement for ALL man's sin.
Then, being resurrected to prove that complete salvation
is in Christ Jesus.
THIS is God's righteousness revealed unto man.
That righteousness was designed by God,
then proved through Christ,
then accepted by God.
And, when a sinner surrenders to Christ, HIS
righteousness is imputed to the sinner!
Also, when a sinner surrenders to Christ, then God's
Holy Spirit ENTERS the sinner to STAY! (See Eph. 1:13)
And THAT is when FAITH is given!
"For by grace are ye saved through faith;
and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:"
Therefore, when the sinner surrenders to Christ,
he/she is given faith.
That faith reveals God's righteousness in having
mercy and forgiving the sinner through what Christ
has ALREADY accomplished on his/her behalf!
God is merciful, for by grace He calls us to Christ.
God is just, for He has already judged sin in Christ.
God is righteous to accept Christ's payment
for our sin.
Having received this faith --
LIVE by it!