Wednesday, January 7, 2009

With Him I Am Well Pleased!

And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased." Matthew 3:17

When you die, if you want to take God an offering of pleasing aroma, then why on earth would you present him with a tattered bag full of your own self righteous works? Has God ever said "with him I am well pleased" about you and your "good" works?

There is only one sacrifice pleasing to the Father, the blood of His only begotten Son - who was crushed under the Fathers wrath and made to be an atoning sacrifice for all those who would be called out unto faith in Him.

The Father has not prescribed any other acceptable means for eternal salvation, save the blood of Jesus Christ!

Have you ever wondered how incensed God might be at an individual who comes before him relying on something other than the blood of Christ? Are you relying on something other than the blood of Christ to save you?

To come before God and present your own works is nothing short of declaring "I didn't think the blood of your Son was worth staking my eternity on! I didn't think the blood of your Son was enough!"

Will you say that to God? "I'm not prepared to trust the blood of your Son to save me - it is not enough!"

Take the case of an earthly father who, not sparing his own Son, puts him to death to save the life of another. What do you suppose the reaction of that father might be when the recipient of this merciful act tips the sons blood down the drain? Pleased? Indifferent? Angry?

Would not your response be, that man deserves to die!

In the same way, a man who refuses his interest in the blood of Christ deserves eternal hell!


Anonymous said...

When I became a christian I came under conviction by God that if i died there and then I would go to hell. It was that powerful. I was 14. Now I am over 40 and that day is as real to me today as it was then. The other side of the decision was fear and emptyness and this side of that decision has seen the most sweetest of sweet fellowship. To know God is such a priveledge that all I know is that He is well pleased with all who seek Him because so many do not.

Sam said...

Thank you for sharing a little of your testimony, especially how God worked mightily to convict you of your sins!

"When he [the Holy Spirit] comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment"

We are living in a day and age which presents a conviction less Christianity, seasoned for the palette of those who want a form of godliness but remain content to deny its power.

But if there is no conviction of sin, there can be no salvation. For until one sees that he is lost he cannot be found (and he certainly wont want to be found)!

Paris Reidhead, in the sermon titled ‘Except Ye Repent’ tells the following:

"Have you ever been lost? Some years ago I asked a congregation how many had ever been lost. Four hands went up out of the hundred or more that were present. Now I said how many of you are saved? And all the hands went up that I could see. And then I mentioned to the people what a strange thing this is: four of you have been lost and all of you are saved and yet the Lord Jesus Christ said that he came into the world to seek and to save that which is lost. Before God can save anyone he must see them slain"

We are all sinners – as the scriptures say “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” and “there is no-one righteous, no not one” – therefore to some degree or other, when the Holy Spirit begins his operation on the heart, we will all feel guilt in regards to our sin!

If salvation be the main inquiry of a truly troubled soul, then verily many people have not yet been truly troubled for their sins; why? Because they strive not how to save their souls! - Obadiah Sedgwick

I thank God for the convicting operation of the Holy Spirit upon our souls as He leads us to repentance!