Friday, September 25, 2009

Not By Works

Two great quotes on the same theme:
Nothing, not even abject contrition, merits the favor of God. The Father's love and acceptance are absolutely free. (Tim Keller, The Prodigal God, p. 24)

"Even our tears of repentance need to be washed in the blood of the Lamb." So our best works can never earn us one bit of favor with God. Let us then turn our attention from our own performance, whether it seems good or bad to us, and look to the gospel of Jesus Christ, which is God's provision for our sin, not only on the day we trusted Christ for our salvation but every day of our Christian lives. (Jerry Bridges in The Discipline of Grace, p. 43)

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