HUGH DIGGINS / AUGUST 3, 2017
There is a way which seems right to a man but it’s end is the way of death. -Proverbs 14:12; 16:25
Prior to the Reformation the eternal souls of many people were held in bondage to Romanism and its system of merits that based salvation on what you do and not what Jesus Christ has done. To the unregenerate man it seems right that we must do something for our sins to be forgiven and to secure eternal life but God’s infallible and inerrant Word teaches otherwise. Salvation is based solely on the sovereign grace of God, who chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world and through the gift of faith He gave us to see our sin, turn from it in repentance, and believe in Christ alone: crucified and raised from the dead alone as the full and final atonement for all our sins.
On the cross Christ, who knew no sin, became sin in our behalf. He suffered the punishment and wrath of God our sins deserved and secured our justification once and for all. In John 14:6, Jesus declared, “I am the way and the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” Years later the Apostle Paul wrote, “It is a trustworthy statement deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”, 1 Timothy 1:15. Anyone who believes or teaches otherwise is proclaiming a false gospel that leads people down the path towards eternal punishment in the unquenchable flames of hell. “Christ Alone” was the clarion call of the Reformation that still resounds in Churches that embrace God’s Word as absolute truth and proclaim, unapologetically and boldly, that salvation is by God’s grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone for the glory of God alone!