Sunday, August 28, 2011
Faith is the hinge... (J.C. Ryle)
They that thirst and want to come to Christ must remember that simple faith is the one thing required. By all means let them come with a humble, broken, and contrite heart; but let them not dream of resting on that for acceptance. Faith is the only hand that can carry the living water to our lips. Faith is the hinge on which all turns in the matter of our justification.
It is written again and again that "whosoever believes shall not perish, but have eternal life" (John 3:16). "To him that does not work, but believes on Him that justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness" (Romans 4:5). Happy are they that can lay hold on the principle laid down in that matchless hymn:
Just I am! without one plea,
Save that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bidst me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come!
~ J.C. Ryle