Friday, August 21, 2009

Faith Alone in Christ Alone

Faith Alone in Christ Alone

William Gouge is one of those writers-of-old that deserves a modern audience. I've been reading through his massive Exposition on Hebrews and was blessed by the following quote:
So corrupt is man in soul and body, in every power and part of either, and so polluted is everything that passeth from him, as it is not possible that he should of and by himself do anything that is acceptable to God: by faith looketh upon Christ, applieth Christ and his righteousness, and doth all things wherein he hath to do with God, in the name and through the mediation of Jesus Christ. Thus man by faith pleaseth God. Out of Christ, which is without faith, it is impossible to please God. This manifesteth an absolute necessity of faith." [1]
It immediatly brought to mind a section of the Cambridge Declaration:
There is no gospel except that of Christ's substitution in our place whereby God imputed to him our sin and imputed to us his righteousness. Because he bore our judgment, we now walk in his grace as those who are forever pardoned, accepted and adopted as God's children. There is no basis for our acceptance before God except in Christ's saving work, not in our patriotism, churchly devotion or moral decency. The gospel declares what God has done for us in Christ. It is not about what we can do to reach him.
How blessed is this Gospel truth!

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