Today's encouragement comes from John 5:24, where our Lord Jesus Christ said this:
"Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has pass-ed from death into life."
Is it not truly amazing that it is through hearing and believing the gospel that we *hear* Christ's ministers preach—and not through what we *do*—that se-cures the righteousness of Jesus to our souls? After all, we are saved by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8); and faith comes by hearing (Rom. 10:17)—and not by doing.
The simplicity of this good news is a continual stumbling block to many—es-pecially to religious people, who imagine themselves to put God into their debt, by their deeds. For the true saints, however, it is the sweetest truth in all the world.
[Puritan quote of the day: "Inasmuch as the righteousness of the second Adam [Christ] exceeds the first [Adam], so are you more happy, more holy in the second Adam than ever the first in himself was.” —Thomas Shepard, in, "The Sincere Convert"]