The Results of Christ’s Finished Work Psalm 68:29-31

Text: “O God, Thou art terrible out of Thy Holy places: the God of Israel is He that giveth (gives, and continues to give) strength and power unto His people.  Blessed be God.”

Psalm 68:35.

Good morning, totally confident Christian!   What is the source of your total confidence?  To what, or in this case, Whom, do you attribute your full confidence?  What grounds have you, and the author, for the complete confidence we possess? 

Such pertinent questions can be forthrightly answered in one way only: our full confidence is the result of God-given faith to believe, receive, and fully trust in the finished work of Christ Jesus upon the Cross at Calvary, over two-thousand years ago!  When He cried, “It is finished!” - it was to signify, for all time, that the Son of God had successfully completed God’s required Holy Sacrifice as the Lamb of God, Who would, by that Sacrifice, take upon Himself all the punishment and responsibility for the all the sins of ‘His people’, and shed His sinless Blood to redeem us from all our sin.  Hallelujah!  This is our full confidence!

Christ, and Him Crucified for our sins – Eternal Salvation in Him alone!  Hallelujah!

“For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: but we preach Christ Crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling-block, and unto the Greeks foolishness; but unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.  Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”  (1 Corinthians 1:22-25)

There is, basically, only one difference between those professing Christ as Saviour, and those actually possessing Christ as Eternal Saviour and Lord: faith – the God-given ability to fully trust and believe in His written Word.

Faith is the gift of God.  Therefore, if one does not possess such fully confident faith, it is because they have never received God’s gift of Bible-believing faith.  Simple as that.

“For by grace (unmerited favour of God) are ye saved through 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)

Definition of Faith: The King James Version Bible defines faith thus – “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  (Hebrews 11:1)

This Spiritual gift of faith is only given to those whom God the Father has elected (chosen) in Eternity to give to His Son, Jesus Christ, that He might redeem us by His full Atonement Sacrifice on Calvary’s Cross. 

The Father elected us in Eternity, before the foundation of the world, and give us to Christ Jesus, God the Son.  God the Son, Jesus Christ, suffered and died for us on the Cross, the sinless, for the sinful – and rose again on the third day in order to justify us in the sight of His Holy Father.  (To make it just-as-if-I’d-never-sinned: justified before our Holy God.)

If you can believe this, then you have been blessed with God’s gift of faith in order to do so – you will not believe it otherwise.

“All that the Father giveth Me (Jesus Christ) shall come unto Me (by God-given faith); and him/her that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.  For I came down from Heaven, not to do Mine own will, but the will of Him (God the Father) that sent Me.  And this is the Father’s will which hath sent Me, that of all which He hath given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.”  (John 6:37-40)

If you can believe this, then you have been blessed with God’s gift of faith in order to do so – you will not believe it otherwise.

Here is the explanation for what I have just repeated in written form concerning believing faith, and lack of same:

“Now we (the elect redeemed of God) have received not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing Spiritual things with Spiritual.  BUT the natural man (the unsaved, the reprobate) receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are Spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:12-14)

If you can believe this, then you have been blessed with God’s gift of faith in order to do so – you will not believe it otherwise.

The bottom-line of what I have just written is this: you and I are either Bible-believing Christians or we are NOT Christians at all!  If there is no belief in what is written in our KJV Bibles, it is because the Lord God has not given such folk His precious gift of faith in order to fully believe what God the Holy Spirit has inspired men to write in our Bibles.

There can be no confidence in other men/women if they can not show that they have full confidence in what God has written in His revealed will, His Word.  Unfortunately, today, there are many pulpits filled with men/women that do NOT believe what is written in God’s inspired Word – the Holy Bible – but are relying on some form of legalistic, ‘good works’ RELIGION – which, in my humble opinion, is the bane of Bible-believing, born again, Christianity!

“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove (test) your own selves.  Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?  But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates (rejected of God, failures).”             (2 Corinthians 13:5-6)

Verse 28. “Thy God hath commanded thy strength.  Thy strength is thy best – all that is within thee; all that thou canst do, and be, and become; and all that thou hast…”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 296)

Verse 28. “Strengthen, O God, that which Thou hast wrought for us. We expect God to bless His own work.  He has never left any work unfinished yet, and He never will.  “When we were without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.”  And now, being reconciled to God, we may look to Him to perfect that which concerneth us, since He never forsakes the work of His own hands.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 296)

“When the enemies of God rise up against His church, it is time for the church to fall down to God, to implore His aid against those enemies.  Holy prayers are more powerful than profane swords.”  (Thomas Wall ‘A comment on the times’, (1657)

Thought:  Have full confidence in God’s finished work, on the Cross, and in us.  In both cases, the Master Lord cries: “It is finished!”  The outcome is Eternally secure.

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