Not Faith, But Christ

“Faith is not our saviour. It was not faith that was born at Bethlehem and died on Golgotha for us. It was not faith that loved us, and gave itself for us; that bore our sins in its own body on the tree; that died and rose again for our sins. Faith is one thing, the Saviour is another. Faith is one thing, and the cross is another. Let us not confound them, nor ascribe to a poor, imperfect act of man, that which belongs exclusively to the Son of the Living God.

Our security is this, that it matters not how poor or weak our faith maybe: if it touches the perfect One, all is well. God has asked and provided a perfect righteousness; He nowhere asks nor expects a perfect faith. So a feeble, very feeble faith, will connect us with the righteousness of the Son of God; the faith, perhaps, that can only cry, ‘Lord, I believe; help mine unbelief.’ “

– Horatius Bonar, “Not Faith, But Christ”

(HT: Of First Importance)

Peter serves as a pastor-teacher, at home and abroad, resourcing gospel-centred communities.

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    Abram believed the Lord,
    And He credited to him as righteousness

    Or trusting
    In a moment of time
    But continuing,
    Not ‘being uncertain’
    Nor wistful thinking;
    Not ‘into the dark leaping’,
    Evidence defying
    Or reasoning denying;
    Nor just to propositions

    Christian faith is believing
    ‘In’, ‘On’, or ‘Upon’
    The name of the Son:
    All that He stands for,
    Who He is,
    And what He has done.
    So faith, is an attitude
    With emotion and reasoning
    Own efforts abandoning,
    Repenting and turning,
    Committing and relying
    That Christ died for my sins
    A sacrifice atoning,
    Reconciling, redeeming,
    Justifying and forgiving.
    That the Father loving,
    Sending His Son
    Living and dying and rising.

    This faith needs practising
    Believers need discipling,
    In praying, and learning,
    In worship, and praising,
    Discerning, and behaving.
    Faith works in action and serving,
    Being a witness and sharing,
    Showing love by caring.
    Faith needs exercising
    Has optimism, is life affirming,
    The mediocre eschewing,
    Holds on in suffering,
    Full redemption anticipating.

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