1999-09-07 - Portís Faithful Shepherd
Chapter 2, Part 2
1 Corinthians 6:17, ďBut the one who joins himself to
the Lord is one spirit with Him.Ē
ďGet your union with, and interest in Christ cleared and confirmed to you
daily more and more. Confirm that you are a branch in his vine,
John 15:1-7, a member in his body, 2 Corinthians 13:5.
This may be done three ways (Editor's note: Please see
99-08-31 for Part 1.)
By examining your heart upon what grounds you take Christ to be yours, and
they are five:
A sight and sense of your sins, and the greatness of your guilt. A real
understanding of the impending punishment of your sins and your misery because
of them, Matthew 9:13.
Your need of Christ to be seen and felt in your heart, to justify, sanctify,
redeem, and save you, or else you are utterly lost and undone everlastingly,
Godís free and general offer of Christ to any that will take him by faith,
John 3:16, and other manifold promises of this kind. The ground of all
Godís offers and giving of Christ to you, being free Grace, rich mercy, and
undeserved love, Ephesians 2:4-8, Titus 3:4-7.
Christís sweet and gracious invitation to all those who come to him, who
are weary of sin (Matthew 11:28), to buy, who have no money, and no
righteousness, to commend them to Christ (Isaiah 55:1), even though
they have no worth or desert in themselves.
As sinful vile wretches as you are, still many have been bought by Christ,
and found in Christ, see 1 Corinthians 9:9-12,
1 Timothy 1:13, Philippians 3:3-10, why may not you? The more
clearly you discern upon what grounds you take Christ, the more clear is
your title to Christ.Ē Robert Port
Having quoted Port at length here, I would just like to emphasize how vital
the points about union with Christ are that Port brings out. If you take
the time to read what Port says carefully, I have no doubt, that you will
find that it brings peace and joy to all of you who are in Christ. How wonderful
is the grace of Christ and how excellent is His way of salvation. In less
than one page, Port touches on so many deep and important themes concerning
salvation that he has here written an early version of the cliff-notes to
the encyclopedia that is salvation by grace through Christ.
Soli Deo Gloria,
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