alien righteousness

Heap it up mountain high – Machen

“There are some things that the world never forgives. Peter could never, I suppose, have been received again into the society of gentlemen after he had played the traitor under fire. But God chose to receive him, and upon the rock of his faith the Church was built. There may be some foul spot in our lives; the kind of thing that the world never forgives, the kind of thing, at any rate, for which we who know all can never forgive ourselves. But what care we whether the world forgives, or even whether we can forgive ourselves, if God forgives, if God has received us by the death of His Son? That is what Paul means by “boasting” in the Cross of Christ. If we could appeal to God’s approval as ours by right, how bravely we should boast–boast in the presence of a world of enemies! If God knows that we are right, what care we for the blame of men? Such boasting, indeed, can never be ours. But we can boast in what God has done. Little care we whether our sin be thought unpardonable or no, little interested are we in the exact calculation of our guilt. Heap it up mountain high, yet God has removed it all. We cannot explain God’s act; it is done on His responsibility, not ours. ‘I know not,’ the Christian says, ‘what my guilt may be; one thing I know; God loved me and gave Himself for me. Come on now ye moralists of the world, come on ye hosts of demons, with your whisperings of hell! We fear you not; we take our stand beneath the shadow of the Cross, and standing there, in God’s favour, we are safe. No fear of challenge now! If God be for us, who can be against us? None, in heaven or in earth or in hell. ‘Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.'” (82-83)

Taken from J.G. Machen’s book titled, “What is Faith?”


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