Monday, July 2, 2012

Successful Hostage Rescue Mission: Jesus Christ the righteous!


SAVED BY SOVEREIGN GRACE  
1. By the Lord’s determination, I was chosen to salvation; What a wondrous proclamation, Saved by sovereign grace. 

2. With His blood the Savior bought me, Lovingly the Shepherd sought me, And His Spirit now has taught me, Jesus saves from sin. 

3. Member of a holy nation, Saved from endless condemnation; By the Spirit’s generation, I have life in Him. 

4. Lost in sin, the Savior found me, Broke the chains of sin that bound me; O what love and grace surround me, I am safe in Him. 

5. What a Refuge of salvation, Christ the Rock is my Foundation; This my joyful contemplation, Saved forevermore.


-TUNE:  "PRAISE THE SAVIOR" 8.8.8.5. Words by Jim Byrd



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 "Salvation is wholly of grace, not only undeserved but undesired by us until God is pleased to awaken us to a sense of our need of it. And then we find everything prepared that our wants require or our wishes conceive; yea, that He has done exceedingly beyond what we could either ask or think. Salvation is wholly of the Lord and bears those signatures of infinite wisdom, power, and goodness which distinguish all His works from the puny imitations of men. It is every way worthy of Himself, a great, a free, a full, a sure salvation. It is great whether we consider the objects (miserable, hell-deserving sinners), the end (the restoration of such alienated creatures to His image and favor, to immortal life and happiness) or the means (the incarnation, humiliation, sufferings and death of His beloved Son). It is free, without exception of persons or cases, without any conditions or qualifications, but such as He, Himself, performs in them and bestows upon them."

-John Newton (author of the hymn, Amazing Grace)


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"Salvation is of the LORD" (Jonah 2:9c), entirely so, from beginning to end. It is God's "great salvation," in its origination, in its effectuation, in its application and in its consummation. Man contributes nothing to it whatsoever. All the Trinity are concerned and engaged in it. The Father is the Author of salvation from sin, Christ the Purchaser, the Spirit the Conveyor. It is the Father who begets the elect (James 1:17, 18); yet they are declared to be the "seed" of Christ (Is. 53:10), while they are "born" of the Spirit (Jn. 3:6)."

-The Satisfaction of Christ, ch. xii, by Arthur W. Pink


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"The gospel is no other than a pure promise, a free declaration of peace and pardon, righteousness, life, and salvation to poor sinners by Jesus Christ. The sum and substance of it is, that this is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners (1 Tim. 1:15)."

-The Doctrine of Imputed Righteousness Without Works, by John Gill


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“Christ died for the UNGODLY” (Rom. 5:6). God’s righteous grace comes to us through the law-honouring, justice-satisfying, sin-atoning Work of the Lord Jesus! Here, then, is the very essence of the Gospel: the proclamation of God’s amazing grace, the declaration of Divine bounty, altogether irrespective of human worth or merit. In the great Satisfaction of His Son, God has “brought near HIS righteousness” (Isa. 46:13). 

-The Doctrine of Justification, ch. vii, by Arthur W. Pink


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"The miracle announced by the Gospel is that God comes to the ungodly with a mercy that is righteous, and in spite of all their depravity and rebellion, enables them through faith (on the ground of Christ’s righteousness) to enter into a new and blessed relation with Himself."
-ibid.


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"In His days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is His name whereby He shall be called, THE LORD  OUR  RIGHTEOUSNESS." -Jeremiah 23:6"...the righteousness of God without the law is manifested... being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; to declare, I say, at this time His righteousness: that He might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus." -Romans 3:21-26 

"I, even I, am He that blotteth out thy transgressions for Mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins." -Isaiah 43:25 

"For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him." -II Corinthians 5:21 

"Who is a God like unto Thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of His heritage?" -Micah 7:18a 

"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus” ...Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?"  
-Romans 8:1, 33-35


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"From whence this fear and unbelief?
Hast Thou, O Father, put to grief
Thy spotless Son for me?
And will the righteous Judge of men
Condemn me for that debt of sin
Which, Lord, was laid on Thee?

If Thou hast my discharge procured,
And freely in my place endured
The whole of wrath Divine;
Payment God cannot twice demand
First at my bleeding Surety’s hand,
And then again at mine.

Complete atonement Thou hast made,
And to the utmost farthing paid,
What e’er Thy people owed;
How then can wrath on me take place,
If sheltered in Thy righteousness,
And sprinkled with Thy blood?

Turn, then, my soul, unto thy rest,
The merits of thy great High Priest
Speak peace and liberty.
Trust in His efficacious blood,
Nor fear thy banishment from God,
Since Jesus died for thee."
-Augustus Toplady 


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"Salvation is of the LORD." -Jonah 2:9c [AV]


"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life."-John 5:24 [AV]


---Jesus Christ the LORD, sent by the Father to effectually and fully SAVE poor,needy, wretched sinners by His own sovereign free grace and by His perfect righteousness charged to our accounts!