Tag Archive | Salvation

One Common Salvation

Hugh Binning, Works, pp. 286-287:

There is one “common salvation” (Jude, ver 3), as well as “common faith,” Tit. 1:4; and it is common to apostles, to pastors, to people, to “as many as shall believe in his name;” so that the poorest and meanest creature is not excluded from the highest privileges of apostles. We have that to glory into, in which Paul gloried, – that is, the cross of Christ. We have the same access by the same Spirit, unto the Father; we have the same Advocate to plead for us, the same blood to cry for us, the same hope of the same inheritance. In a word, “we are baptized into one body;” and for the essentials and chief substantials of privilege and comfort, the Head equally respects all the members. Yea, the apostles, though they had some peculiar gifts and privileges beyond others, yet they were forbidden to rejoice in these, but rather in those which were common to them with other saints. “Rejoice not,” saith Christ, “that the spirits are subject unto you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven,” Luke 10:20. The height and depth of this drown all other differences.

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/one-common-salvation.89413/, Comment 1

The True and Living Faith

Martin Luther on John 16:3:

The true knowledge of God and of Christ has often been defined. It is not an idle, empty thought or dream, as reason is able to think of God and Christ on the basis of hearsay, and as it pictures Him and acts toward Him according to such thoughts of its own. No, it is the true and living faith, which understands the words of the Gospel and, in accordance with those words, knows Him and the Father’s will and heart. It knows that the Father sent Christ, His Son, to deliver the world from sin, God’s wrath, and eternal death through His blood and death. It tells man that Christ accomplished all this, gained forgiveness of sin and eternal life, and surely bestows this on all who believe in Him. Thus the knowledge of God and of Christ are bound together and are one knowledge. As has been repeatedly said, the Father is known solely in Christ and will not and cannot be attained and met or worshiped and called upon apart from this Mediator.

Therefore all depends on this article about Christ, and he who has this article has everything. In order to be able to abide by it, the Christians must be engaged in the most strenuous warfare and must fight constantly. Therefore Christ and the apostles have good reason to insist on it everywhere. Although the other doctrines are also based on Scripture – for example, Christ’s birth from a pure virgin – it does not stress them as much as it does this one. When St. Paul champions this doctrine of Christ’s birth, he does not even call the mother by name; nor does he mention the honor of the virgin; he states simply (Gal. 4:4) “born of woman.” But when he informs us that we receive grace and salvation, not by works and the Law but only through this Mediator, Christ, then he speaks exhaustively.​

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/the-true-knowledge-of-god.91137/, Comment 1

Whosoever Will, Let Him Come

A collection of sources telling a similar story:

H.A. Ironside, In the Heavenlies (Ephesians), 1935:

Door (2865445219)It has been pictured in this way. Here is a vast host of people hurrying down the broad road with their minds fixed upon their sins, and one stands calling attention to yonder door, the entrance into the narrow way that leads to life eternal. On it is plainly depicted the text, “Whosoever will, let him come.” Every man is invited, no one need hesitate. Some may say, “Well, I may not be of the elect and so it would be useless for me to endeavor to come, for the door will not open for me.” But God’s invitation is absolutely sincere, it is addressed to every man. “Whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely” (Revelation 22:17). If men refuse to come, if they pursue their own careless, godless way down to the pit, whom can they blame but themselves for their eternal judgment? The messenger addressed himself to all, the call came to all, the door could be entered by all but many refused to come and perished in their sins. Such men can never blame God for their eternal destruction. The door was open, the invitation was given, they refused and He says to them sorrowfully, “Ye will not come unto me that ye might have life.” But see, as the invitation goes forth every minute or two some one stops and says, “What is that?” “The way to life,” is the reply. “Ah, that I might find the way to life! I have found no satisfaction in this poor world.” We read, “She that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.” “I should like to know how to be free from my sin, how to be made fit for the presence of God.” And such an one draws near and listens and the Spirit of God impresses the message upon his heart and conscience and he says, “I am going inside: I will accept the invitation; I will enter that door,” and he presses his way in and it shuts behind him. As he turns about he finds written on the inside of the door the words, “Chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world.” “What!” he says, “had God His heart fixed on me before ever the world came into being?” Yes, but he could not find it out until he got inside. You see, you can pass the door if you will, you can trample the love of God beneath your feet, you can spurn His grace if you are determined to do it, but you will go down to the pit and you will be responsible for your own doom.​

C.H. Spurgeon, A Sermon for the most miserable of men’ NO. 853 January 31, 1869:

I see indelible marks both of predestination and free agency everywhere in God’s universe. Then why do you ask questions about your election when God says, “whosoever will”? It is foolish to stand and ask whether you are ordained to come when the invitation bids you come. Come, and you are ordained to come; stay away, and you deserve to perish. Yonder is the gate of the hospital for sick souls, and over it is written, “Whosoever will, let him come,” and you stand outside that house of mercy, and say, “I do not know whether I am ordained to enter.” There is the invitation, man! Why are you so mad? Would you talk like that at Guy’s or at Bartholomew’s Hospital? Would you say to the kind persons who picked you up in the street, and carried you to the hospital, “Oh, for goodness’ sake, do not take me in, I do not know whether I am ordained to go in or not”? You know the hospital was built for such as are sick and wounded, and when you are taken in you perceive that it was built for you. I do not know how you are to find whether you were ordained to enter the hospital or not, except by getting in; and I do not know how you are to find out your election to salvation, except by trusting Jesus Christ, who bids you trust, and promises that if you do so you shall be saved.​

John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress:

So, in process of time, Christian got up to the gate. Now, over the gate there was written, Knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Matt 7:8​

James Montgomery Boice quoting Donald Grey Barnhouse in The Gospel of John: An Expositional Commentary (Baker, Grand Rapids, MI 2005), 744:

A number of years ago a woman sat in a pew in the Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, which I now serve as pastor. At the time, the pastor was Donald Grey Barnhouse. He was talking about the cross and of the need to believe on the Christ who died upon it. The woman I am talking about was not a Christian. She had been raised in a religious home and had heard about Jesus. She had heard about the cross. But she did not understand these things and therefore obviously had never actually trusted in Jesus for her salvation. In order to make clear that for salvation only belief in Jesus Christ is necessary Barnhouse said, ‘Imagine that the cross has a door in it. All you are asked to do is to go through. On one side, the side facing you, there is written an invitation: “Whosoever will, may come.” You stand there with your sin upon you and wonder if you should enter or not. Finally you do, and as you do the burden of your sin drops away. You are safe and free. Joyfully you then turn around and see written on the backside of the cross, through which you have now entered, the words “Chosen in him before the foundation of the world.”’ Barnhouse then invited those who were listening to enter. The woman later said that this was the first time in her life that she had really understood what it meant to be a Christian and that in understanding it, she had believed. She believed right there—in that church at that moment. She entered the door. Moreover, the rest of her life bore witness to the fact that a great change had occurred and that she was God’s child.” Boice concludes the story with these words, “I am certain of the facts of this story because that woman was my mother.”

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/calvinism-sign-outside-and-inside-building.90878/, Comments 3 and 4

The Chain of Life

Hugh Binning, Works, p. 208:

Broad chain closeupYou must retire, my beloved, and disengage from the love of other things, or you cannot love Christ; and if you love not Christ, you cannot have peace with the Father: and if you have not that peace, you cannot have life. This is the chain of life; the first link begins at the divorcement of all former loves and beloved idols: once the soul must be loosed in desire and delight, and that link must be fastened upon the most lovely and desirable object, Christ, the Desire of the nations; and this draws along another link of peace and life with it. Do not mistake it, religion would not hinder or prejudice your lawful business in this world: O, it were the most compendious way to advance it, with more ease to your souls! But certainly it will teach you to exchange the love of these things for a better and more heart-contenting love.

Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/showthread.php/89281-The-chain-of-life, Comment 1

As a Garden Enclosed to God

Hugh Binning, Works, pp. 194-195:

George Forster Eine junge Marktfrau beim Abwägen von Früchten 1861When once the spirit is renewed … then the soul savours the sweet smell of the fruits of the Spirit, ver. 22, “Love, joy, peace, long-suffering, meekness, temperance,” &c. These are fragrant and sweet to the soul, and as a sweet perfume, both to the person that hath them, and to others round about him, and to God also. These cast a savour that allures a soul to seek them; and being possessed of them, they cast a sweet smell abroad to all that are round about, and even as high as heaven. A soul that hath these planted in it, and growing out of it, is as a garden enclosed to God. These fruits are both pleasant and sweet to the soul that eats them; and as the pleasantness of the apple allured man to taste it and sin, so the beauty and sweetness of these fruits of the Spirit draw the spirit of a man after them. He hath found the savour, and seen the beauty, and this allures him to taste them, and then he invites the well-beloved to come and taste also, to eat of these fruits with him.

Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/showthread.php/89263-As-a-garden-enclosed-to-God, Comment 1

It Must Come From Above

Hugh Binning, Works, p. 184:

Windswept by John William WaterhouseThings are like their original, and some way participate of the nature of their causes. “That which is born of the Spirit, is spirit,” John 3:6. That which is born of God, who is a Spirit, must be spirit, 1 John 5:1. How royal a descent is that! How doth it nobilitate a man’s nature! Truly, all other degrees of birth among men are vain imaginary things, that have no worth at all, but in the fancies of men. They put no real excellency in men. But this is only true nobility. This alone doth extract a man de fæce vulgi, “out of the dregs of the multitude.” There is no intrinsic difference between bloods, or natures, but what this makes, this divine birth, this second birth. All other differences are but in opinion, this is in reality. It puts the image of that blessed Spirit upon a man. Truly, such a creature is not begotten in the womb of any natural cause, of any human persuasion, or enticing words of man’s wisdom, of any external mercy or judgment. No instruction, no persuasion, no allurement, nor affrightment can make you Christians in the Spirit, till the Spirit blow when he pleaseth, and create you again. It must come from above, – that power that can set your hearts aright, and make them to look straight above.

Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/showthread.php/89243-How-royal-a-descent-is-that!, Comment 1

True Faith Receives The Whole Christ

Hugh Binning, Works, p. 227: 

Nuremberg chronicles f 149v 3Happiness without [outside] you will not make you happy; salvation round about you will not save you. If you would be saved, there must be a near and immediate union with happiness. Christ in the heart, and salvation cometh with him. A Christian is not only Christ without, not imputing his sins to him, clothing him with his righteousness; but Christ within too, cleansing the heart from the love of sin, “perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” Do not think you have any share in Christ without you, except you receive Christ within you; because Christ is one within and without, and his gifts are undivided. Therefore, true faith receives whole Christ as a complete Saviour; even as he is entirely offered, so he is undividedly received: as he is without saving us, and within sanctifying us, – Christ without, delivering from wrath, – and Christ within, redeeming from all iniquity, – these cannot be parted more than his coat that had no seam.

Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/showthread.php/89321-True-faith-receives-whole-Christ, Comment 1