Is it not strange that many talk about keeping God’s commandments, and never remember that this is the commandment of God, that “we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another”?
How many think of rearing up a building, whose top shall reach heaven itself, and quite forget to lay their foundation upon the rock, Jesus Christ!
What numbers talk of repentance, and never repent of the greatest of all sins, unbelief!
Though it is asserted in Scripture that “by the deeds of the law no flesh shall be justified,” yet how many professing Christianity expect to be justified no other way!
Though the intent of the law is to be as a schoolmaster to lead us unto Christ, yet many make no other use of it than to substitute it in the room of Christ. Though God has given us the righteousness of his Son to be the garment of salvation, yet what multitudes think their own righteousness is much safer to wrap themselves in, and trample the true wedding robe under their feet!
Though remission of sins is preached through the alone blood of Jesus, yet too many believe their sins shall be remitted by some other means, and thus turn a deaf ear to the Gospel sound.
Thousands cry Peace, peace! to their own souls, who never obtained peace by Jesus Christ, and think no more of peace through his death than through that of Julius Caesar.
But will such self-assumed peace stand at the bar of God?
Though the Scripture saith “that without faith it is impossible to please God,” yet many think they shall please him very well without troubling their heads about faith at all, unless it be to speak evil of it.
Though “Christ is the wisdom and the power of God, and the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth, ye to many he is nothing but a stumbling block and mere foolishness.” Nevertheless, “to you that believe he is precious.”
By Augustus Toplady