To Ponder:

“You are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21. If we do not preach about sin and God’s judgment on it, we cannot present Christ as Savior from sin and the wrath of God. And if we are silent about these things and preach a Christ who saves only from the sorrows of this world–then we are not preaching the Christ of the Bible. We are, in effect bearing false witness, preaching a false Christ, and our message is another gospel. Such preaching may soothe some, but it will help nobody; for a Christ who is not seen and sought as a Savior from sin, will not be found to save from anything else. An imaginary Christ will not bring a real salvation; and a half-truth presented as the whole truth is a complete untruth. He that has learned to feel his sins, and to trust Christ as his Savior, has learned the two hardest and greatest lessons in Christianity. “He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.” Romans 4:25. “He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree” 1 Peter 2:24. (J.I. Packer, “The Puritan View of Preaching the Gospel” who passed away last week at the age of 93)

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