JON CARDWELL: Once again, we are refraining from posting articles on Justification by Grace so that we may spend time with our families in public and private worship on Sunday and Monday.
ANNOUNCER DON PARDO: Join us at Justification by Grace when we resume our regular broadcast week on Tuesday, August 10th— as we hear Octavius Winslow say:
The Christian life is a moral conflict, the Christian a spiritual combatant. To no single fact did our Lord give greater prominence than this “I came not to send peace on earth, but a sword;” indicating thereby that the heavenly and spiritual religion He descended to introduce, while it was designed to bless and save the world, was essentially antagonistic to its principles and its spirit; and that all who professed His “unearthly religion” would awaken hostility from every quarter, and array against themselves the most sacred and endeared relations of life, so that “a man’s foes should be those of his own house.”
But the great truth before us is, THE WEAPON OF OUR HOLY WAR. It is not of man’s forging, of earth’s temper, of carnal might— it is of God’s providing, heavenly and divine; and although in the eyes of men simple and lowly, it is all-mighty, all-conquering, and irresistible— the weapon of Christ’s cross.— “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb.” The subject is one of the profoundest interest, inconceivably important and precious. The weapon that is to conquer the world for Christ, is to conquer the world of evil in our hearts; and, wielded by the arm of faith, is to vanquish and overcome all the spiritual opposition by which our path to heaven is intercepted. We are to overcome, as the martyrs overcame, by the blood of the Lamb. Heavenly and invincible is this weapon. No foe can cope with it, no opposition resist it, no confederacy overcome it. The blood of Jesus, as an offensive and defensive weapon, is all-powerful and irresistible in our holy war, feeble though the arm may be that wields it.
ANNOUNCER DON PARDO: Justification by Grace— the all-weather weblog. On behalf of Jon Cardwell and Reformed dudes and dudettes everywhere, this is Don Pardo, praying that you stay ever at the cross of Christ and in God’s Word by God’s amazing grace until Christ comes!
JON CARDWELL: Thank you, Don Pardo.