"God has given us this gospel not merely for the purpose of securing to us life hereafter, but of making us sure of this life even now. It is a true and sure gospel; so that he who believes it is made sure of being saved. If it could not make us sure, it would make us miserable; for to be told of such a salvation and such a glory, yet kept in doubt as to whether they are to be ours or not, must render us truly wretched. What a poor gospel it must be, which leaves the man who believes it still in doubt as whether he is a child of God, an unpardoned or a pardoned sinner! Till we have found forgiveness, we cannot be happy; we cannot serve God gladly or lovingly; but must be in sore bondage and gloom." —Horatius Bonar (1808-1889)Excerpt taken from "The Everlasting Righteousness" by Horatius Bonar first published 1874, Banner of Truth 1993, p143.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
What a Poor Gospel
I'm sure some of you are aware that I just love to read the writings of Horatius Bonar who was a 19th century Scottish Presbyterian Preacher. I just can't seem to get enough of his work into my hands and I find that his simple words are wise beyond their meaning and reveal such a gentle and humble spirit that I find very edifying and comforting. See for yourself.