None but Jesus.

Posted: December 7, 2012 in Faith, Trust
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I think Charles Spurgeon said it best “None but Jesus.”   What a statement!  Yes, you all shake your head and say Amen!  I can hear it now as the congregation begins to stir.  Some say COME ON!  Some say PREACH IT PASTOR!  Ah yes, we all love our Jesus.

Lately though, I’ve been hearing something that sounds nothing like Jesus.  I recently received a revelation of pure Grace from the Holy Spirit, and now when I listen to those same sermons I hear something that I hadn’t noticed before.  The pastor is still preaching from the bible, the message still tickles the ears, and it still sounds pretty good, but there is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death (Proverbs 14:12). 

Before this revelation, I would sit in church and hear a little bit of Law and a little bit of Grace; a little bit of Moses and a little bit of Jesus, and I didn’t mind at all (or usually even notice).  Now, with my heart so desiring to hear pure grace, the mixture of the message in this way is no longer tolerable.  These little bit o’ this, little bit o’ that-style messages come across as harsh, glaring, blatant legalism that bring nothing but the death mentioned in Proverbs and the curse Paul talks about in Galatians (Chapter 3, verse 10).

I realize that the flesh often just wants to stay in its comfort zone.  It wants to know what rules to keep.  It sometimes seems simpler to just do A and avoid B, obey the rules and God will be happy with us, than it is to rely upon the completed work of Christ.  This is exactly the sort of thinking that is “what seemeth right unto a man” and we’ve already learned where that leads.  Death.

Personally, I think following the leading of the Holy Spirit is a much better choice, as it leads to Life.  I understand that walking in faith, rather than by sight, can be challenging and even frightening at times, but when Jesus is preached it all sort of just falls into place.

Which brings me back to Spurgeon’s “None but Jesus.”

Let me explain;

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1)

I think we can all agree that John was speaking here of Jesus.  He is the Word of God.

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17)

Paul says that faith comes by hearing the Word of God.  The Word of God is Jesus Christ.  Thus, faith comes by hearing Jesus preached.  So, let’s build our faith and preach “None but Jesus.”

It’s really simple math.
Grace + Law = Law and Law = Death and Curse.
Grace + zero = Grace and Grace = Truth and Life.

In closing, I’ll leave you with the great Spurgeon quote I’ve been using:
“I sometimes wonder that you do not get tired of my preaching, because I do nothing but hammer away on this one nail. With me it is, year after year, ‘None but Jesus!’ Oh, you great saints, if you have outgrown the need of a sinner’s trust in the Lord Jesus, you have outgrown your sins, but you have also outgrown your grace, and your saintship has ruined you!”

Grace and Peace

Chad

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Comments
  1. Heather says:

    Great article. I’m curious… give me a good example of a statement where Moses and Jesus are erroneously preached at the same time. Something you might hear from any given speaker who may not have a full revelation of the finished work of the cross – as it applies to us heathen, unwashed bible belt gentile types… ?

    • Here is the problem as I see it

      It easy to see where the legalistic preacher is wrong (hopefully). The worse problem, I think, is listening to a preacher who is confused himself, who knows Jesus, and believes in Grace, but somehow just can’t be “irresponsible” with his message, and so he gives a dose of legalism as “fire insurance” along with his grace message. Here’s an example of what I’m thinking of:

      “Jesus came to give you HIs life in abundance, and all you have to do is believe, receive, and it’s yours. Aren’t we blessed? Let’s live up to His abundant generosity and grace by being shining examples, so that we can continue to obtain His favor and not disappoint Him. It’s up to us to finish the race He’s so graciously started in our lives. It’s going to take a lot of hard work. No, this road won’t be easy. But He’s given us an example that we can look at in His Word of how we need to live! The Bible is all we need for life and godliness! Let’s start living like it!”

      Do you see how we begin with grace, the miracle of salvation, and end with, “Let’s work…”? It’s almost as if we, as humans, cannot compute. We can’t just receive a gift and be done with it. We have to do something on our end – bring balance to the gospel. The problem with this is that it looks and smells and feels like grace, but in the end, it still puts us back into bondage, when mixed with legalism. After listening to this kind of message, I’m grateful for salvation, but still carrying the heavy burden of “finishing the race” to “heaven,” as if Jesus’s kingdom is not already finished and whole inside my spirit. As if He hasn’t already finished it. This is an example of a mixed message that is confusing the church today.

      Balance of the Gospel of Gods Grace can not come from standing on two mountains. For one moment you stand on Mt. Zion being the free and the other moment you stand on Mt. Sinai (where the Law was given and it children are destined for slavery). You are not balanced you are double minded and unstable in all your ways. A little leaven leavens the whole lump (a slight inclination to error, or a few false teacher) leavens the whole lump [it perverts the whole conception of faith or misleads the whole church]. Gal. 5:9 Paul basically says in verse 12 that he wish these would quit playing around with the law and just go ahead and castrate themselves. Pretty tough language if you ask me. Maybe they got the hint. How many times have you heard leaven preached as legalism when that’s exactly what its talking it about there.

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