The Necessity of Trusting Christ (Men can have simply an intellectual…
The Necessity of Trusting Christ
Knowledge is essential
You can not believe in what you do not know
You must understand what you know
Blind faith is of no use
Jesus says that the blind will fall into a ditch. They are never depicted as stumbling on the truth a certain percentage of the time. They will always fall into the ditch of self-made religion and fall short of the glory of God.
Men can have simply an intellectual understanding of the Bible
Men can amass their understanding of Church history
Men can learn Greek and Hebrew and understand all about textual variance and details of translation
Men can grasp how it is that Adam fell and became accountable and was corrupted
Men can believe that there is such a thing as sin in the world and it wreaks terrible havock on mankind
He sat under the ministry of Christ daily
He saw the miricales
The indication is that he performed miricales
The devil and his angels
They were in and out of the very throne room of God
They have no question about the power of God and the coming judgment.
They shake and tremble knowing of their impending doom
Paul was even careful about his own soul
Do you see the sacrifice of Christ for you?
Are you trusting Jesus Christ to save you and deliver you from your sin?
Are you trusting in Christ to change you?
Are you trusting in Christ for the grace to hack off that sin?
Are you trusting in Christ to change your feelings and emotions about sin? That is, what you enjoy and what is important to you?
Are you resting in Christ alone to make you right before the God of Heaven and deliver you from His wrath?
Do you turn away from your works as contributing anything to your salvation?
Do you turn away from any religious ritual as contributing to your salvation?
Baptism, communion, membership