Nothing Against Me Without My Saviour’s Permission

Franz von Defregger - Grace Before Meal

J.C. Ryle on God’s promises to believers:

“Let us now observe closely the use which the apostle made of that ancient but ever-living promise. First, he here availed himself of it in order to enforce his exhortation unto Christians to the duties of mortification and sanctification. Second, he draws a logical and practical inference from the same, declaring, ‘So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me’ (Heb. 13:6). Thus a double conclusion is reached: such a promise is to inspire all believers with confidence in God’s succour and assistance, and with boldness and courage before men-showing us to what purpose we should put the Divine pledges. Those conclusions are based upon the character of the Promiser: because God is infinitely good, faithful, and powerful, and because He changes not, I may trustfully declare with Abraham, ‘God will provide’ (Gen. 22:8); with Jonathan, ‘There is no restraint to the Lord’ (1 Sam. 14:6); with Jehoshaphat, ‘None is able to withstand Him’ (2 Chron. 20:6); with Paul, ‘If God be for us, who can be against us?’ (Romans 8:31). The abiding presence of the all-sufficient Lord ensures help, and therefore any alarm at man’s enmity should be removed from our hearts. My worst enemy can do nothing against me without my Saviour’s permission.”

Source: “A Biblical Refutation of Dispensationalism (The Application of the Scriptures),” pdf file linked to the accompanying sermon.

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