"Hearken unto me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the Lord: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, end to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged."  Isaiah 51:1


Brethren. I say, don't ever forget what you are by nature, and what you were when God called you to life in Christ. Though God has so freely forgiven us of our sins that they shall never be remembered against us anymore forever, the prophet here teaches us that we must not forget them, lest we forget what the Lord has done for us by his loving grace.

            Let us always remember who we were, where we were, and what we were, when God saved us by his grace. We were ourselves the fallen sons of Adam, rebels before God. We were lost and ruined in this perishing world. Like Ezekiel's deserted infant, we were helpless, polluted, and perishing. We were dead in trespasses and sins. Physically, we were alive; alive to our lusts, alive to the world, alive to Satan, alive to sin. But spiritually, we were dead, dead to righteousness, dead to truth, dead to Christ, dead to God. In a word, by nature, we are sinners. Sinners by birth, sinners by choice, sinners in heart, sinners in practice, sinners against God, sinners against man, we were nothing but perishing, hell-deserving sinners.

            Remember also, your merciful Deliverer. We could never deliver ourselves. No man or angel could deliver us. But the God-man, Jesus Christ, he delivered us. There came the Deliverer out of Zion, and he turned away all our transgressions. He delivered us from the curse of the law, by his sacrifice of blood in our place. And he delivered us from, the powerful bondage of sin by his sovereign power in regeneration. Blessed be God; he did not leave us to our own free-will. “But God”, in loving, merciful, sovereign, and saving power intervened in our lives. He stopped us in our mad race toward hell, and arrested us by his grace! "By grace ye are saved!"

Now, dear brethren, don't ever forget, "Salvation is of the Lord." To the triune God alone we ascribe all honor, majesty, praise; and dominion.