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“He saved others; himself he cannot save.”

Matthew 27:42


This is the very essence of the gospel! The Son of God died as our Substitute. If he would save us, he could not save himself. Those "fools and blind" did not know that they were proclaiming that which is Immanuel’s greatest glory. It was because he saved others that he could not save himself. Were he willing to let chosen sinners perish, he could have easily saved himself. But he bore, not only the cruel nails and spear, but their cruel mockeries as well, rather than give up his self-imposed task of saving his people by the sacrifice of himself

      “He trusted in God.” — Our Lord Jesus Christ, as a man, lived by faith, in all things trusting God his Father. Thus, he taught us that the only way we can honor, obey, and live for God in this world is by faith. And by his faith, consummating in his obedience unto death, as God the Holy Spirit declares in Galatians 3:22-26, we were justified. It is not our believing that fulfilled God’s covenant promise and brought in that blessed righteousness by which we now stand before him in life. The promise is given to all who believe. But the promise was fulfilled and comes to us “by the faith of Jesus Christ.” It was Christ to whom the promise was made as our Surety in the everlasting covenant upon condition of his obedience unto death as our Substitute. And it is Christ who obtained the promise by his faithful fulfillment of his covenant engagements as our Surety (Hebrews 10:5-14). It is “the faith of Jesus Christ” that is revealed to us by the gospel. We are shut up to Christ, whose faith is now revealed in the gospel. Our faith in Christ is not revealed to us. It is given to us and worked in us by the mighty operations of God the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:19-20; 2:8-9; Colossians 1:12). It is Christ (“the faith of Christ”) who is revealed.







Don Fortner








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