“The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance,
that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners,
of whom I am the foremost.”
–1 Timothy 1:15 (ESV)
There is not a Christian on earth who could have secured the privilege of being born…
…and brought up under the light of the Gospel, had not God ordered his lot in this manner. Not a Christian on earth would ever have awakened himself from the slumbers of sinful repose, — would have poured upon his own conscience the convincing light of truth, would have subdued his own resistance and translated himself from darkness into marvellous light. The best Christian on earth, with all his attainments, would never overcome another sin, — would never gain another triumph over the world, — would never demolish another idol, — would never escape another snare of Satan, but for the power of God.
Sustaining the combined assaults of earth and hell, what can he do?
An infant pulling in it’s mother’s arms, might as well attempt to hurl the sun from his orbit and turn all the angels out of heaven, as a poor feeble creature, in his own strength, to overcome two worlds with his own house divided against itself. His only hope is in God. At what time he is afraid he can only trust in his eternal rock. Surrounded by armies stronger than he, with all their weapons pointed at his heart, like Jehoshaphat he cries out to God for aid. Inclosing in his own bosom a host of rebels, constantly disposed to mutiny and to tumult, with no check upon them but guards which are furnished from heaven, what could he do if the heavenly aid were withdrawn ? Beset from without and from within, he must soon be swallowed up if the God of his salvation did not appear for him.
Excerpts taken and adapted from, “Salvation Taken into God’s Own Hands”
Sermons by the Late Reverend Edward D. Griffin”
Sourced from, The Dead Puritan Society. Hosted by Paul D.