The history of Elijah supplies us with one of the most striking, and, we may add, one of the most instructive, sections of the Old Testament.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
There may be many things going on in your life to your soul’s peril. This article will deal with many possibilities, as well as offer counsel on how to overcome spiritual weakness and backsliding spiritually.
When a man does wrong, and yet will not confess it, how wrong he must be! Or when having confessed it, he does not feel proper shame; or after feeling ashamed for a while he returns to the same evil like the dog to his vomit, how deep must the evil be in his moral nature, how terribly diseased he must be, inasmuch as he does not feel sin to be sin at all!
Herein I will help you find the path to continued understanding of God's Word. You might be asking yourself sometimes, “How is it that I, desire the light of God's Word, and I have yet to fully discover it? Why do I feel like a blind person groping for the wall, and yet stumble around at midday as if it were midnight?