Text: “But the Salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: He is their strength in the time of trouble...He shall save them, because they trust in Him.”
Good morning, Christ-secured Christian! Of yourself, and myself – we are nothing! We cannot save ourselves by any so-called ‘good works’, or strictly observed religion. Our most righteous acts of charity and kindness, in comparison to the perfect purity and righteousness required for us to go to Heaven, are as ‘filthy rags’ in the sight of our thrice Holy and Righteous Lord God Almighty. Fact. Thus saith the Word:
“But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”
With this serious defect in mind, therefore, let us remind ourselves afresh of the question the Philippian jailor asked the apostles when the Lord sent the earthquake to wreck his prison. “What must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:22-34)
The answer to this urgent question? “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” (Acts 16:31)
From that night until the day the jailor died and went to be with His Saviour – he, and all those of his family household that believed with him, became Christ-secured Christians. Hallelujah! Only Christ can create a Christian! Yes, ‘CREATE!
“For by grace are ye saved thought faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are His workmanship, CREATED in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:8-10)
Verse 39. “But the Salvation of the righteous is of the Lord...” Note who are being saved here, dear Christian: ‘the righteous’. However, Scripture teaches us clearly that, ‘...there is none righteous, no not one...’! (Romans 3:10) So, let each of us ask ourselves the question: ‘If none be righteous, who, then, can ever be saved?’
There is only one true righteousness, the absolute, impeccable, pure and Holy righteousness of God the Son, Christ Jesus. Therefore, it is seen clearly that it is HIS Divine righteousness that is strictly required for a soul to enter Heaven and be saved. This is the strictly required level of true righteousness that is imputed (put to our account) unto us by Christ, when He saves us, by God’s grace, through faith, and according to the will and Divine election of God our Father in Heaven. Praise God!
“For He (God the Father) hath made Him (God the Son) to be sin for us (the elect of God),... that we (‘His people’) might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
“All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me; and him/her that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.” (John 6:37)
Christ Jesus came down from Heaven and took on human form in order, at all times, to fulfil God the Father’s Sovereign will. Christ cannot ‘cast out’ the soul that comes to Him, because His Father’s will has been to elect that soul, in Eternity, to come to Christ, and given that soul as a gift to His Son Jesus, for the purpose of Eternal Salvation of that soul. Therefore, Christ Jesus fulfils God the Father’s will by accepting His gift of elect souls, saving them, and keeping them forever. Once saved (IF we are truly saved) we can never ever be ‘cast out’ of Christ’s keeping power.
Hear Christ’s Own intercessory prayer: “And now, O Father, glorify Thou Me with Thine own self with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was. I have manifested Thy Name unto the men which Thou gavest Me out of the world: Thine they were, and Thou gavest them Me; and they have kept Thy Word.” (John 17:5-9)
This truth from God’s Word makes us ‘Christ-secured Christians.’ Hallelujah! Our only ‘righteousness’ is His righteousness put to our account by grace through faith in Him. Praise His merciful Name! (Ephesians 2:8-10)
Verse 39. “...He is their strength in the time of trouble. For the genuine regenerate Christian, every day is a potential ‘time of trouble’, for the world, the flesh, and the Devil will not leave us alone for a moment. Without God’s Divine strength and help, we would not be able to stand as Christian witnesses for one moment.
“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness. Behold, all that are incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded...” (Isaiah 41:10-13)
Verse 40. “And the Lord shall help them. He shall, He shall, He shall. Oh the rhetoric of God! The safety of the saints! The certainty of the promises!! (John Trapp1601-1699)
Verse 40. “...And save them because they trust in Him. Faith shall ensure the safety of the elect. It is the mark of the sheep by which they shall be separated from the goats. Not their merit, but their believing, shall distinguish them.” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 182)
“Luther closes his Exposition of the Psalms with the words, ‘Oh shame on our faithlessness, mistrust, and vile unbelief, that we do take up so readily with little grounds of offence, whenever we but hear the wicked speeches of the ungodly. Help, O God, that we may once attain to right faith. Amen.’” (Martin Luther 1483-1546)
Thought: When in need of ‘Good Comfort in Bad Times’, study Psalm 37: and be thoroughly refreshed. Courage, Battle-weary Christian, we have Christ’s Eternal Victory!