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Basics 2008 -- great conference

Fantastic time in Cleveland! Alistair Begg, Jerry Bridges, Voddie Baucham, 650 pastors, and the loving folks at Parkside Church. Got out tanks filled.

We need to preach the gospel to ourselves daily.

“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)

“Do ye, my brethren, understand the sweet mystery of salvation? Have you ever seen Jesus standing in your place that you may stand in his place? Christ accused and Christ condemned, and Christ led out to die, and Christ smitten of the Father, even to death; and then you cleared, justified, delivered from the curse, because the curse has spent itself on your Redeemer? You are admitted to enjoy the blessing because the righteousness which was his is now transferred to you that you may be blessed of the Lord world without end. Do let us triumph and rejoice in this evermore. Why should we not? And yet some of Gods’ people get under the law as to their feelings, and begin to fear that because they are conscious of sin they are not saved, whereas it is written, ‘he justifieth the ungodly’. For myself, I love to live near a sinner’s Saviour. If my standing before the Lord depended upon what I am in myself and what good works and righteousness I could bring, surely I should have to condemn myself a thousand times a day. But to get away from that and to say, ‘I have believed in Jesus Christ and therefore righteousness is mine’, this is peace, rest, joy and the beginning of heaven. When one attains to this experience, his love to Jesus Christ begins to flame up, and he feels that if the Redeemer has delivered him from the curse of the law he will not continue in sin, but he will endeavour to live in newness of life. We are not our own, we are bought with a price, and we would therefore glorify God in our bodies and in our spirits, which are the Lord’s.”

(--C. H. Spurgeon, “Christ the End of the Law” in Christ’s Glorious Achievements)


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