Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinks that he has whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more:…
The list sounds much as if you or I were to say something of this kind: "I am of a good Presbyterian stock. One of my ancestors fought at Bothwell Bridge for 'Christ's crown and covenant,' and another died as a martyr in the same cause in the Grassmarket of Edinburgh. There have been several ministers in my line, and many elders. I was baptized in a Presbyterian church, attended the Sabbath school, and became a communicant when I was eighteen. I have always attended the church regularly, kept up family worship, and lived a decorous life. I am well read in sound theology; hold rigidly in my opinions by the Westminster Confession; and have now and again taken a part in controversies about election, or the extent of the atonement." This is all well, very well, so far as it goes. But if you or I be in any degree looking to these things — to any of them, or to all of them taken together — as a ground of hope for eternity, we are, in so far, occupying a religious position corresponding very exactly with that of Paul before his conversion to Christ.
(R. Johnstone, LL. D.)
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