For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.
For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.
Though Christians are of different strength, capacities, and practices in lesser things, yet they are all the Lord’s; all are looking and serving, and approving themselves to Christ. He is Lord of those that are living, to rule them; of those that are dead, to revive them, and raise them up.
Christians should not judge or despise one another, because both the one and the other must shortly give an account.
A believing regard to the judgment of the great day, would silence rash judgings. Let every man search his own heart and life; he that is strict in judging and humbling himself, will not be apt to judge and despise his brother.
We must take heed of saying or doing things which may cause others to stumble or to fall.
The one signifies a lesser, the other a greater degree of offence; that which may be an occasion of grief or of guilt to our brother.
Believers see themselves living in a state of dependence on Christ.
Hence it is, that though he lives in the flesh, yet he does not live after the flesh.
Those who have true faith, live by that faith; and faith fastens upon Christ’s giving himself for us.
He loved me, and gave himself for me. As if the apostle said, The Lord saw me fleeing from him more and more. Such wickedness, error, and ignorance were in my will and understanding, that it was not possible for me to be ransomed by any other means than by such a price.
Consider well this price. Here notice the false faith of many. And their profession is accordingly; they have the form of godliness without the power of it.
They think they believe the articles of faith aright, but they are deceived. For to believe in Christ crucified, is not only to believe that he was crucified, but also to believe that I am crucified with him.
And this is to know Christ crucified. Hence we learn what is the nature of grace.
God’s grace cannot stand with man’s merit. Grace is no grace unless it is freely given every way.
The more simply the believer relies on Christ for every thing, the more devotedly does he walk before Him in all his ordinances and commandments.
Christ lives and reigns in him, and he lives here on earth by faith in the Son of God, which works by love, causes obedience, and changes into his holy image.
Thus he neither abuses the grace of God, nor makes it in vain.