Sunday, May 31, 2009

Robert Rayburn on Justification

I hope I can work this whole quote in to my sermon...if not, here it is-

So there is the thesis. There are fundamentally only two ways of thinking about how people can be right with God: by what they do or by what Christ does for them. It matters not if in the former case, as would have been true for these judaizers, the works that were required for justification were combined with faith in Christ. It is all or nothing. Any works at all, makes it justification by works. It is works of any kind, to any degree, or Christ alone. That is the alternative. That is what makes Christianity so radical a message and a philosophy of life. It sets itself against not only every other religious idea, but the natural tendency of every human heart, to hold salvation -- at least to some degree -- in one's own hands.

- Robert Rayburn


Rick Calohan said...

As the late Dr. D. James Kennedy said,

"Essentially there are only two religions in the whole world, one of them is "I"—"I" live a good life, "I" keep the commandments, "I" pray, "I" go to church, "I" follow the golden rule, "I" love my neighbor, "I" do the best "I" can, "I" don't do this bad thing, "I" don't do the other. That's called "autosoterism," or "self-salvation," where "I" become my own savior—glory be to me! I am in competition with Jesus Christ who claims to be the savior of the world. The only other religion is the "cross." There are over 30,000 religions in the world, but when you take off the ribbon and the wrapping and open the box, you'll either find the "I" or the "cross," essentially. Every one is going to either be saving himself, and be his own savior, or he is going to trust in Christ, and in Christ alone.

I would say to anyone that wants to know the free salvation of God, to get out of the savior business, declare spiritual bankruptcy, turn to Christ, and trust in Him alone for your salvation, and He will freely give you the gift of everlasting life. He will come into your heart and enable you to trust Him and to repent of your sins and change your life and give you new meaning and new direction and new power to live a godly life, and He will take you to be with Him in paradise for ever and ever."

I also liked what your friend James E. Tuckett had on his blog Westminster Fellowship

Do You Know Who You Are?

I have been chosen by God (Ephesians 1:4) and saved by His Grace (Ephesians 2:8-9). My payment for life and liberty has been satisfied (because He has redeemed me as His own) (Ephesians 1:7). God has changed the way He looks at me and deals with me (Romans 5:10) and I have been freed from the law of sin and death (Romans 3:23-24). I have been totally forgiven (Colossians 2:13), cleansed (1Corinthians 6:11), and made blameless (Colossians 1:22). I no longer have to fear His wrath because of my disobedience (Romans 5:9). I have been made holy (Hebrews 10:10, 1 Corinthians 6:11) and I'm totally accepted (Romans 15:7) because I have been translated out of darkness into light (Colossians 1:13-14, Ephesians 5:8). I have been clothed (Galatians 3:27), sealed (Ephesians 1:13-14) and hidden (Colossians 3:3) from judgment and condemnation (Romans 8:1) through His righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 5:17) and I can now live in peace (Romans 5:1). I have been born again (1 Peter 1:3) and made a new creation (2Corinthians 5:17) that will not be judged for my sins and I will live forever (John 5:24). I can call Him Father (Romans 8:15) because He has claimed me as His own (John 1:12-13) through eternal adoption (Galatians 4:4-5). I am never alone (1Corinthians 6:19) because He never leaves His prized possessions (Romans 8:9) and He always wants to be there when He is needed (Ephesians 3:12). I have been made complete in Him (Colossians 2:9-10) and given everything I need (Ephesians 1:3, 2 Peter 1:3) in this life and the life to come.

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. ~ Galatians 2:20-21.

Frontier Forest said...

Another powerful message of GRACE! Can’t wait for your exegesis of Galatians 2:20.

Andrew Barnes said...

Is this the same man who was on the committee in his presbytery which found Peter Leithart's theology (on justification) not a problem? (Serious question) Or is this someone else?

Reepicheep said...

Andrew, yes, I believe Dr. Rayburn was on that committee. I know none of the details about that.