Ignorant Men Prosecuting The Hope of Our Acceptance
An ignorance of Christ’s righteousness, and a supposed preparation for acceptance with God in a righteousness of our own, is the general creed of the present hour. The great mass of those who profess the Gospel, if engaged at all in a concern for salvation, is prosecuting the hope of acceptance, partly by the deeds of the law, and partly by the grace of Christ. But, this is neither law nor Gospel.
It is not the law, for a curse is pronounced upon “every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.” (Galatians 3:10)
Neither is it the Gospel, for there we are expressly said to be “saved by grace through faith, and that not of ourselves, for it is the gift of God, and not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)