This post quotes an unknown author from over 200 years ago. The thoughts are beauty, the words ring true, and were described as the:
Catechism of Christian Righteousness
How is God glorified in us, and we in him? – By his Grace.
What does his grace work in us? – True holiness.
Upon what motive? – Because it is pleasing to him.
By whom does he give us salvation? – By Jesus Christ.
How has Christ obtained this for us? – By redeeming us.
What price did he give? – His Blood.
What does his blood effect? – It reconciles us to God.
How is it applied? – By Faith.
Who has given this victim of reconciliation? – God the Father.
Why did he choose these means? – To confound the false righteousness of the Gentiles; to abolish the Figurative righteousness of the Jews; and to establish his own.
What does this grace of God perform? – It pardons sin and purifies the heart.
For whom is this designed? – For all mankind, both Jews and Gentiles.
To whom are these blessings actually communicated? – To all who repent, turn from their sin, and believe on the Lord Jesus.
Why did not God make known this grand method of salvation sooner?
To make it the more valued
To show his fidelity in the performance of his promises: and,
To make known the virtue and efficacy of the blood of Christ, which sanctifies the present, extends its influence to the past, and continues the availing sacrifice and way of salvation to all future ages.
On considering this glorious scheme of salvation, there is great danger, lest, while we stand amazed at what was done For us, we neglect what must be done In us.
Guilt in the conscience and sin in the heart ruin the man.
Pardon in the conscience and Christ in the heart save the soul.
Christ has done much to save us, and the way of salvation is made plain; but, unless he justify our conscience from dead works, and purify our hearts from all sin, his passion and death will profit us nothing.
While we boast in Christ Jesus, let us see that our rejoicing, our boasting, be this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have our conversation in the world,
For our rejoicing is this,
the testimony of our conscience,
that in simplicity and godly sincerity,
not with fleshly wisdom,
but by the grace of God,
we have had our conversation in the world,
and more abundantly to you-ward. ~ 2 Co 1:12
We must beware of Antinomianism ; that is, of supposing that, because Christ has been obedient unto death, there is no necessity for our obedience to his righteous commandments.
If this were so, the grace of Christ would tend to the destruction of the law, and not to its establishment.
He only is saved from his sins who has the law of God written in his heart; and he alone has the law written in his heart who lives an innocent, holy, and useful life.
Wherever Christ lives he works: and his work of righteousness will appear to his servants, and its effect will be quietness and assurance for ever. The life of God in the soul of man is the principle which saves and preserves eternally.