JESUS CHRIST, the holy Son of God, is my vision. The Reformed believers of the Christian faith called this Solus Christus, meaning “only Christ.”
God the Father, is glorified in the Son (Matthew 17:5; John 13:32). The Holy Spirit brings glory to the Son (John 16:14). At Sovereign Grace, we revere and rejoice in the will, glory, and sovereign work of the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (also known as the Trinity).
The Old Testament word for vision can just as easily be translated into the New Testament word “revelation.” Vision is a revelation from God. It is a revealing, an unveiling of His will and truth, particularly, the revealing of His one and only Son, Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).
Jesus said that everything in the Scriptures was about Him (John 5:39). So at Sovereign Grace Baptist Church we read, study, teach, and preach the Bible to know more about Christ and His attributes in order to grow closer to Him, to honor Him, and to submit to His holy will.
If God’s work upon Calvary’s Tree some 2000 years ago was the central, most holy, and most excellent work in all the universe; if His resurrection from the dead is the only sign given to an evil and adulterous generation that Jesus was, is, and ever more shall be who He claimed to be: God in human flesh; if He ascended into heaven with a promise to return; if life is only in Him and apart from Him is eternal condemnation; then, to have a vision other than Christ, to have a desire other than Jesus, to delight in anything else above the Son of God, is sin.
Jesus Christ is EVERYTHING! He’s not just something. It is written, “Whom have I in heaven but Thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside Thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever” (Psalm 73:25-26); and again, “And this is the record, that God hath given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life” (1 John 5:11-12).
Therefore, because of this vision, I desire to make available to my family, the church body I belong to as pastor, and to anyone whom the Lord would graciously bring to this weblog, edifying and educational resources so that we, as believers, might walk in this life as pleasing to God, bringing forth good fruit that flows from justification by grace, with our hope and our heart secured in heaven, but our feet firmly planted on the ground until Christ Jesus come.
John Bunyan wrote, “That the best way to provoke both ourselves and others to this work, it is to be often affirming to others the doctrine of justification by grace, and to believe it ourselves: ‘This is a faithful saying, and these things I will,’ saith Paul, ‘that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works.’”
I want to use this medium to provoke others unto good works, not because I’m a legalist and believe that we can attain and maintain salvation through good deeds, but because the truth of Scripture declares that to please God, it must be by true saving and sanctifying faith, and to have faith without works is dead, abiding alone. It is my desire that we, as believers, walk obediently before God and walk righteously with God while walking pleasing to God.