Perfectly His Child – by Desmond Ford

Apr 18, 2016 1311

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The more I behold Christ’s perfect embodiment of infinite love and truth (as exemplified in his every motive, thought, look, word, and deed), the more my conscience would be vexed did I not also believe that his personal righteousness is imputed every moment to this foolish, erring, weak, stumbling believer.

Similarly, the more I perceive of the depths of the sacred law (which demands of me all that Christ was and did in his humanity), the more I would despair did not Scripture assure me that all who have surrendered their lives to the Saviour are “accepted in the beloved,” (Eph 1:6) “cleanse[d] … from all unrighteousness,” (1 Jn 1:9) and without “condemnation” (Rom 8:1) or separation.

Despite the fact that we strive to fulfill every known duty, we remain “unprofitable servants,” (Lk 17:10) righteous only by faith in the merits of Christ, for we all make many mistakes and must pray daily “forgive us our debts” (Mt 6:12). In other words, the Good News assures me that if I have given myself to Christ, I am perfectly his child, though not a perfect child.

While I am a sinner in myself all my days, in Christ I have perfect righteousness, for “this man (Jesus) receiveth sinners,” (Lk 15:2) and God is the one who justified the ungodly who believe.

While at every advance step in my Christian experience my penitence will deepen; and while I will make the apostle’s confession my own, “I know that in me … there dwelleth no good thing” (Rom 7:18); and my prayers will urgently ascend that the Saviour might help the disorders of my sin-sick soul; simultaneously, I will rejoice that Christ is made unto me righteousness, sanctification, wisdom, and redemption, and that I can never be lost while I trust in his merits.

– Des Ford. Rom 8:27-32. Adapted from “A Meditation upon the Everlasting Gospel”

Pauline

Apr 19, 2016

Perfectly his child. By Dr. Desmond Ford. A song . I belong to the king Iam a child of his love . How lucky to be called his own! How blessed to be saved by him! How fortunate to have known him!. A divine son of God, who bought me by his own blood! I know I am sinner, yet in him through his atonement I will be saved. I trust on my savior, and the scriptures in. Romans 10:11 say' whoever believes in him Will never be put to shame. That is a promise. I will endure, Calvary is my example. Therefore I will trust ., I will obey, I will follow my redeemer. Jeremiah 1:5. My father knew me before I was born. Iam proud to be perfected in him, to daily die with him.by trying hard daily, to pray as a communion with him, to read scriptures as much as to my ability, witness in kindness to others, tell others of scriptures, that strengthens me, that maybe one of them would be saved. Help the needy as it is one of signs of a true religion. I do this as I believe to be a child of the most high. Psalms 1:1-7 Job well done GNU


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