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Great Quote on Assurance

June 11, 2007

This is along the lines of what a few of us have been reading in Walter Marshall’s book, The Gospel Mystery of Sanctification, but this is even better.  It’s from Robert Haldane’s commentary on Romans 8, but he’s quoting some dude he calls “Mr. Bell”.

‘In the first act of believing,’ says Mr. Bell in his work On the Covenants, ‘sinners have no evidence of grace in themselves: they feel nothing within but sin; they see a word without them as the sole foundation of faith, and on that alone they build for eternity. This is a point of no small importance to saints and sinners. Many of the modern builders are at great pains to keep their hearers from all confidence till they first discern the evidences of grace in their hearts; and, having got evidence, then, and not till then, can they have any just, lawful, or well-grounded confidence, — nay, they seem pretty plainly to intimate that a sinner’s right to Christ turns on something wrought in him, or done by him, and till he have evidence of this, he can claim no interest in Christ, nor assure himself of salvation by Him. According to this, Christ, the Tree of Life, is forbidden fruit, which the sinner must not touch till he has seen inward evidence. I confess I have not so learned Christ. The sinner’s right to Christ turns not at all upon any inward gracious qualifications, but purely on the Divine warrant revealed in the word. Faith is not a qualification in order to come to Christ, but the coming itself.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 12, 2007 8:05 am

    great quote.

  2. June 13, 2007 12:02 pm

    I like it too. :)

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