Gospel Thoughts: Thomas Chalmers, February 14, 1820

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

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"I am now most thoroughly of opinion, and it is an opinion founded on experience, that on the system of

'Do this and live,'

no peace and even no true worthy obedience, can ever be attained. It is

'Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.'

When this belief enters the heart, joy and confidence enter along with it. The righteousness which we try to work out for ourselves eludes our impotent grasp, and never can a soul arrive at true or permanent rest in the pursuit of this object.

The righteousness which, by faith, we put on, secures our acceptance with God, and secures our interest in His promises and gives is a part in those sanctifying influences by which we are enabled to do with aid from on high what we never can do without it.

We look to God in a new light - we see Him as a reconciled Father; that love to Him which terror scares away re-enters the heart, and with a new principle and a new power, we become new creatures in Jesus Christ our Lord."

Thomas Chalmers, St. Andrews University
-Written nine years after his own conversion, in a letter to his brother, Alexander, on February 14, 1820

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