“If I may be permitted to touch the hem of his garment, I shall be made whole.” But there arises this bitter question, “BUT CAN I? I know that I may if I can, but I cannot.” Now that is the question I am going to answer.
Pontius Pilate was the fifth governor of the Roman province of Judaea, serving under Emperor Tiberius from the year 26/27 to 36/37. He is best known today for being the official who presided over the trial of Jesus and ordered his crucifixion.
You know who Jesus is, and you believe him to be the Son of God, the Saviour of men. You are sure that “he is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him.” You have no doubt about those eternal truths which surround his Godhead, his birth, his life, his death, his resurrection, and his Second Advent. The doubt is concerning yourself personally—“If I may be a partaker of this salvation.”
The way of salvation has always been the same. No man has ever been saved by his good works. The way by which the just have lived has always been the way of faith. There has not been the slightest advance upon this truth; it is established and settled, ever the same, like the God who uttered it. The Bible describes faith as being neither blind nor illogical. Faith can give you stability now and a reliable hope for the future.
For most who are concerned about the wellbeing of the church, they have missed the forest for the trees and the genie is out of the bottle is appropriate sayings. What do I mean?
Luther’s voice through five hundred years still sounds in the ears of men and quickens our pulses like the beat of a drum in martial music: he lives because he was a man of faith.
Colin. H Roberts tells us that there was a notable 'degree of organization, of conscious planning, and uniformity of practice' in the early church. (Roberts, Manuscripts, 41) Do not let someone offer some exception as a means to undermine the organization of early Christianity.
1 Peter 3:15 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 15 but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect; ARE YOU ASLEEP TO YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES? Proverbs 6:9-11 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 9 How long will you lie down, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? 10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, 11 your poverty will come upon you like a robber, and your want like an armed man.
Convinced of sin, awakened and alarmed, these unhappy ones wait for a long time outside the gate of mercy, shivering in the cold, pining to enter into the banquet which invites them, but declining to pass through the gate which stands wide open for them.
The whole pith and marrow of the religion of Christianity lies in the doctrine of “substitution,” and I do not hesitate to affirm my conviction that a very large proportion of “Christians” are not Christians at all, for they do not understand the fundamental doctrine of the Christian creed; and, alas, there are preachers who do not preach, or even believe this cardinal truth.