Friday, July 21, 2017

John R. Rice Quotes of the Week

In verse 8 [Romans 4] we learn that this blessed man, to whom God imputes righteousness without works, this blessed man whose sins are all covered and his iniquities forgiven, is blessed even further. To the man who has trusted Christ for salvation, God will not even impute sin! One who depends upon Christ is already forgiven, and praise His dear name, every sin of the future will be charged to Christ's account and cannot be charged against one who has believed in Christ. - John R. Rice

The plain truth is that many, many Christians, before they become well established in the truth of the Gospel, have times of doubt about their salvation. I went through three unhappy years not knowing for sure I was saved. Then I found one day John 3:36 which says, "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life." "Then I have it!" I said, and I have never doubted a moment since that time, for I had trusted in Christ. - John R. Rice

The Lord is far more anxious to save sinners than sinners are to get saved. Every single penny of debt that God could demand of a sinner has already been paid by Jesus Christ on the cross. Oh, the grace of God that "saves to the uttermost"! That is, it does all the saving, does it on people who are not fit to be saved, does it on people who ought to go to Hell. God, in grace, loves people who are unlovable, and by His wonderful grace saves everybody who will let Him save them! - John R. Rice

People talk foolishly of "easy believism." Oh, how the old carnal heart likes to make some way for man to earn his salvation, either to earn it by good deeds or to earn it by weeping, or to earn it by great time of emotion, or it may be they would like to earn it by the feeling of assurance. But one who trusts in Christ is saved whether he is sure of it or not. He CAN be sure, if he knows how full is the salvation offered and believes what God said about it. - John R. Rice

Salvation is one thing and assurance of salvation is another thing. Everybody can have both and ought to have. But one who trusts in Christ then and there has everlasting life; then, when he sees what wonderful things God has promised, he can have perfect assurance, too. But salvation comes when one trusts in Christ for forgiveness and the assurance comes when he understands the promises of God about eternal life. - John R. Rice 

Does someone say, "Oh, but if he doesn't live right, he doesn't deserve it"? That is true; he doesn't. Nobody ever got saved by deserving it. You didn't deserve it when you got it; you don't deserve it today; you never have. The only salvation the Bible talks about is salvation by grace for poor, wicked sinners who do not deserve it. - John R. Rice

To delay accepting Christ means one chooses to remain wicked. Don't fool yourself. You say, "I don't have to choose now." Oh, yes, everybody has to choose. You see, if you are not saved, you are lost. If you are not born twice, you are just born once. If you are not already forgiven, you are already condemned. Jesus said in John 3:18, "He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." Oh, yes. Already saved or lost. Already on God's side or on the Devil's. - John R. Rice

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