Giving Up Self-Righteousness (McCheyne)

On October 25, 1840, Robert Murray McCheyne preached a sermon on Galatians 6:14 (May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. [NIV]). In one part of the sermon McCheyne talked about Paul's "feelings towards the cross… Continue reading Giving Up Self-Righteousness (McCheyne)

He Justifies the Ungodly…

  One of my favorite phrases that the apostle Paul wrote is found in Romans 4:5.  The NASB translates it like this: "...Him who justifies the ungodly...."  I like how W. G. T. Shedd commented on this aspect of justification. The justification of the “ungodly” (Rom. 4:5; 5:6) includes both pardon and acceptance. Either alone… Continue reading He Justifies the Ungodly…

New Evidence of Your Depravity? (Packer)

 Many of us know the words of Paul in Romans 8 quite well, including verses 33-34: "Who will bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies.  Who is the one who will condemn? Christ is the one who died (and more than that, he was raised), who is at the right hand… Continue reading New Evidence of Your Depravity? (Packer)

Excluding Our Righteousness (Buchanan)

 When it comes to justification, the terms "the righteousness of God" and "his righteousness" are very important (Rom 3:21-22, 2 Cor 5:21, etc.).  These phrases have to do with the fact that an ungodly sinner is not justified by his own righteousness, but by the righteousness of Another that is given by grace alone and… Continue reading Excluding Our Righteousness (Buchanan)

The Power of the Gospel (Hodge)

 On November 20, 1842 Charles Hodge gave a chapel message to the students at Princeton Seminary.  It was on Romans 1:15, where Paul says, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes... (NASB).  In this chapel message Hodge did an excellent job… Continue reading The Power of the Gospel (Hodge)