Pristine Grace

Jesus’ Blood and Righteousness
by Jim Byrd
Jesus’ Blood and Righteousness

     By all means give thanks for the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit in us whereby we were brought to repent of our dead works and idolatry and flee to Christ for everlasting salvation.  Remember, however, that God accepted and justified us upon the basis of what Christ had done for us by the Savior’s “obedience unto death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:8).  Our perfect standing before God and our assurance of salvation is not to be found in His work within, though that work is necessary.  Our confidence and assurance of salvation is in our Savior and His accomplished work of redemption for us.  My hope (confident expectation of future glory) is not built upon feelings, works, not even faith, each being too thin a thread upon which to hang my soul’s everlasting salvation.  My confidence is in Christ and the work He has finished, the evidence of that accomplishment was His resurrection and enthronement.  Like the hymn writer I say, “My hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus’ blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ Name.”