“I stand justified, not because I am sorry for my sin, not because I have repented, but because of what Jesus has done. The Spirit of God brings it with a breaking, all-over light, and I know, though I do not know how, that I am saved…we are acceptable with God not because we have obeyed, not because we have promised to give up things, but because of the death of Christ and in no other way.”
Oswald goes on to tell us that this salvation we receive brings with it an “attitude of holiness”. This attitude then leads us to “agonizing repentance” and “an amazing realization that the love of God commended itself to me…while I cared nothing about Him. The effect in me of this salvation “is obedience, and service and prayer.”
What a great God we serve! He not only tells us what to do in wisdom, but actually places in us the ability to do it. Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Endure the fire—it’s producing pure gold!