Friday, December 23, 2011

Call His Name Jesus

“Jesus did all that is included in the great word ‘save.’ He did not come to induce us to save ourselves, or to help us save ourselves, or to enable us to save ourselves. He came to save us. And it is, therefore, that His name was called Jesus—because He should save His people from their sins. The glory of our Lord, surpassing all His other glories toward us, is just that He is our actual and complete Savior; our Savior to the uttermost. Our knowledge, even though it be His gift to us as our Prophet, is not our Savior, be it as wide and deep and as high as it is possible to conceive. The Church, though it be His gift to us as our King, is not our Savior, be it as holy and true as it becomes the Church, the bride of the Lamb, to be. The reorganized society in which He has placed us, though it be the product of His holy rule over the redeemed earth, is not our Savior, be it the new Jerusalem itself, clothed in its beauty and descended from heaven. Nay, let us cut more deeply still. Our faith itself, though it be the bond of our union with Christ through which we receive all His blessings, is not our Savior. We have but one Savior, Jesus Christ our Lord. Nothing that we are and nothing that we can do enters in the slightest measure into the ground of our acceptance of God. Jesus did it all. And by doing it all He has become in the fullest and widest and deepest sense the word can bear—our Savior. For this end did He come into the world—to save sinners; and nothing short of the actual and complete saving of sinners will satisfy the account of His work given by His own lips and repeated from them by all His apostles. It is in this great fact, indeed, that there lies the whole essence of the gospel. For let us never forget that the gospel is not good advice but good news. It does not come to us to make known to us what we must do to earn salvation for ourselves, but proclaiming to us what Jesus has done to save us. It is salvation, a complete salvation, that it announces to us; and the burden of its message is just the words of the text—that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” B.B. Warfield, The Power of God Unto Salvation

One Mediator
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, 7 for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle—I am speaking the truth in Christ and not lying—a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.” ―1 Timothy 2:3-7

O Lord, our God, we acknowledge that You alone are the initiator and worker of our salvation. We cannot save ourselves, nor can we assist You in saving us. We are the blessed objects of Your mercy and grace. Clearly, Christ demonstrated His love for us, in that, while we were yet sinners, He died for us. Father, in gratitude for Your work of salvation, we commit ourselves to serve You with gladness in this new week, to do justly, to love mercy, to walk humbly with You; proclaiming the good news of Your salvation from day to day; declaring Your glory among the nations and Your wonders among all peoples. For You, O Lord, are great and greatly to be praised. Amen.

Advent Action
Make a list of three people who are in need of salvation and offer up special pray for them. As you have now prayed for them, seek an opportunity to speak to them about the good news of Jesus Christ.

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