The essence of sin is man substituting himself for God, while the essence of salvation is God substituting Himself for man.
To refuse the cross as the instrument of salvation is to choose it as the instrument of judgment.
If any of the elect perish, God is overcome by man’s perverseness: but none of them perish, because God who is omnipotent can by no means be overcome.
Some people fancy they may be justified one year and condemned another, —children of adoption at one time, and strangers by and by, —heirs of the kingdom in the beginning of their days, and yet servants of the devil in their end. I cannot find this in the Bible…. It seems to me to overturn the good news of the Gospel altogether, and to tear up its comforts by the roots. I believe the salvation Jesus offers is an everlasting salvation, and a pardon once sealed with His blood shall never be reversed.
Is this Scriptural?
Often an appeal is made to us “to take Christ” or we are urged to “decide for Christ” or “follow Christ” or “give ourselves to Christ” or “give our hearts to Christ.” But, again, I think we must examine this. Is this scriptural? Does the Scripture put it in that way? Surely the Scripture does not ask, “Will you take Christ?” but “Will Christ take you?” Is it possible for him to take me in view of my sinfulness, my vileness, my guilt, my hopelessness? This idea that I can take Christ or not or that I should be pleaded with or cajoled, that pressure should be brought to bear upon me to “take Christ” or “follow him” is wrong – it is “I” all along. But I am a miserable worm, a wretch!
HT: Reformed Quotes
Only the Christ of the Scriptures could have brought us the salvation of the Scriptures.
All inadequate doctrines of the atonement are due to inadequate doctrines of God and humanity. If we bring got down to our level and raise ourselves to his, then of course we see no need for a radical salvation, let alone for a radical atonement to secure it. When, on the other hand, we have glimpsed the blinding glory of the holiness of God and have been so convicted of our sin by the Holy Spirit that we trouble before God and acknowledge what we are, namely “hell-deserving sinners,” then and only then does the necessity of the Cross appear so obvious that we are astonished we never saw it before.
A man cannot apply himself seriously to repentance without knowing himself to belong to God.
God loves His saints as the purchase of His Son’s blood. They cost Him dear, and that which is so hardly got shall not be easily lost. He that was willing to expend His Son’s blood to gain them, will not deny His power to keep them.