Christ Preparing our Hearts 33

Be persuaded that your soul is far more valuable to you than the whole world and there are only two places (heaven and hell) that you will spend all eternity in.

Take it for granted, that there is no name under heaven whereby you can be saved, but Jesus Christ. All grace and mercy for this life, and then to come, must come to you through the channel of Christ’s blood.

What an utterly glorious quote the above quotes are and both are from an unknown (to human beings) author. Oh how we should take it as an absolute verity beyond any real questioning that there is no name under heaven by which we can be saved other than Jesus Christ. How it would change the professing Church if even a small percentage of people would take these statements and seek the Lord to show them how much truth there is in them and how they should never deviate from them. Oh how the false gospel of today would change to a true Gospel if only men would seek the Lord to be broken from their false hopes of works for grace and seek Him for true grace. But of course those things will never happen unless the Lord of grace breaks the hearts of men from their false views of grace and gives them a sight of Himself and His free-grace.

What is perhaps most hated by men today is not the doctrines of grace, but of the reality of grace as worked by the Lord Jesus Christ in the soul. Oh how there are many men today who will defend the doctrines of grace as in certain creeds and catechisms, but those same men will fight against true grace when they hear that Christ must prepare the soul by grace in order for men to understand the reality of grace. Those defenders of the doctrines of grace fight the reality of grace in life when they say that all we have to do is believe. Of course it is true that Christ must give us new hearts that believe, but that is not the point. Does Christ have to prepare a heart by breaking it from pride and self before He gives it life to where it is humbled and full of Himself? Does Christ have to break an unbelieving heart from its great love for self before it can be a believing heart that loves Him?

I will argue that the Bible teaches us that the soul must be humbled in order for it to receive grace and it teaches that both in the context for unbelievers and believers. I will also argue that no one can truly break and humble his own heart but that the only One who can do it is Christ. The power of sin and the evil one cannot be overcome by the weak and ineffectual works of man, but instead they can only be effectually overcome by the power of Christ and His blood. The proud heart of man wants to think that if he can make himself just believe the doctrine of a creed that he will be okay, but the Scriptures teach us that these things must be realities about us and that they can only happen in the soul by His power.

Matthew 18:1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, 3 and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 “Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

In this greatly neglected passage (just above) we see the disciples wanting to know which of them (in reality) was the greatest in the kingdom. Jesus answered them by taking a small child and telling them that unless they were converted and became like children, they would not even enter the kingdom. The verb for converted is in the passive, which tells us that this is something that must happen to us. God must convert us or turn us to where our proud hearts are changed and instead of trusting in ourselves we are now like helpless children looking to Him for all things. It is Christ alone who can change the proud heart and make it a broken one. It is Christ alone and the power of His blood that has the power for such a work of new creation.

In verse 4 we see that Jesus speaks of the greatest as those who humbled themselves as this child. How did that child humble himself? I would argue that in the context the only thing that the child did was to obey the command of Christ to come to it and then to be in His hands. True humility is not just a momentary work of the moment that we do, but instead the truly humble life is the life of Christ in our soul. Humility is not a work we can do, but instead it is Christ in us. A truly humbled soul is one that Christ has humbled, though there is a sense that we humble ourselves by bowing to Him and recognizing that we cannot do this great work in our own hearts and looking to Him to do it. Only Christ can humble us and only Christ can live the humble life in us by grace alone.

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