Christ Is The Firm Foundation For Your Assurance

I would fain leave every one of you upon a good bottom, built upon the rock, that ‘sure foundation,’ Isa. xxviii. 16, which will stand firm and steady in all winds and weather, having that anchor-hold which will abide under all storms. And therefore let me prevail with you to cast off all legal confidence, and to rely, trust, rest upon nothing short of Christ and his righteousness. Duties, graces, holiness, obedience, good works—all, in their proper places, are excellent things; but it is the alone merit, righteousness, satisfaction of Christ that must justify and save you. Would you have that righteousness which will bear the test at the great day?—that righteousness in which you may be able to stand before the disquisition of the righteous God? Oh, then, fly to Christ, to his imputed righteousness, and there let all your trust and reliance be placed!”

Thomas Jacomb (1622–87), Sermon on the Eighth Chapter of the Epistle to the Romans verses 1–4 (Carlisle: Banner of Truth, repr. 1996), 175–76 (HT: Inwoo Lee)


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    Inwoo Lee (BA, UCSD) earned his MA (Historical Theology) in 2020 from Westminster Seminary California and is author of “Righteous Before God: William Perkins’ Doctrine of Justification in Elizabethan England” (MA Thesis, Westminster Seminary California, 2020). He lives in the Great Seoul area, in South Korea with his wife Holly.

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