Saturday, June 18, 2016

Luccock: the Gospel vs. good advice

Saturday, June 18, 2016
    ... but that Israel who pursued a law that would lead to righteousness did not succeed in reaching that law. Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were based on works. They have stumbled over the stumbling stone, as it is written, “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”
    —Romans 9:31-33 (ESV)
    The Christian message is not an exhortation—“try hard to be good.” Good advice, but there is no saving gospel in that.
    ... Halford E. Luccock (1885-1960), Marching Off the Map, NY: Harper & Bros., 1952, p. 110 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 9:31-33; Eph. 2:8,9; 2 Tim. 1:9; Tit. 3:4-7; Jas. 2:10
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I judge by works fifty times a day. Holy Spirit, speak grace into my heart and mind.
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