The Church’s Message: Salvation By Grace!

The Glorious Body of Christ: A Scriptural Appreciation Of The One Holy Church In the middle of the 20th Century, R. B. Kuiper published a book on the church called The Glorious Body of Christ.  The chapters of this book were actually a series of articles in “The Presbyterian Guardian.”  This is a helpful book even today since the doctrine of the church is still neglected in many ways and in many Christian circles.  One part of the book I enjoyed is the part where Kuiper talks about the preaching of the church.  He says the Bible teaches that the church should be a messenger of salvation by grace.  Here’s part of his explanation:

“No one is saved by doing his best, for ‘all our righteousnessess are as filthy rags’ (Is. 64:6).  Tears of repentance are no substitute for the blood of Christ.  Could our tears forever flow, they would not atone for as much as one of our transgressions.  The most zealous worker in Christ’s church is not saved by his labors.  Men are saved not by works but by faith, and not even their faith merits salvation.  As a beggar reaching out his hand to receive an alms does not thereby earn the alms, so the sinner merits nothing by the acceptance in faith of the offered salvation.”

“The Christian’s ‘evangelical obedience,’ consisting of a life of faith and love, can never take the place of the smallest part of Christ’s passive or active obedience.  To repeat one of Spurgeon’s illustrations, he who would get to heaven by his works or his character is like a man who tries to climb into the sky on a ladder of sand, and so is he who substitutes faith and love for works or character as a ground of salvation.  The same preacher of the grace of God has said, ‘If there be but one stitch in the celestial garment of our righteousness which we ourselves are to put in, we are lost.’  In the words of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, ‘Faith in Jesus Christ is a saving grace whereby we receive and rest upon him alone for salvation.'”

R. B. Kuiper, The Glorious Body of Christ, p. 186.

Shane Lems

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