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A Refuge of Lies


I count all things to be loss . . . so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith

—Philippians 3:8–9


Whatever refuge men fancy in their own righteousness, it will prove a refuge of lies, it will deceive and betray those that fly thereto.

They are but imaginary sanctuaries, they are none of God’s appointing; there is nothing in them to hinder revenging justice from proceeding against the sinner in a way of wrath and vengeance.

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The apostle, though he had more reason to think himself safe in his own righteousness than others can have, yet he durst not be found there; the ‘not having,’ &c. He flies to another refuge, runs to Christ, desires to be found in him; ay, there is none but Christ, none but Christ, no other refuge, no other sanctuary, no other altar that can secure a sinner from the wrath and justice of God, but Christ and his righteousness; though the hills and mountains should fall upon you and cover you, yet could they not hide you from the wrath of him.

How high soever your righteousness be in your own opinion, the flood of God’s indignation will overwhelm it, and your souls with it, if you get not into this ark.

—David Clarkson, Justification by the Righteousness of Christ, Works (Banner of Truth, 1988), 1:298.

Posted 2017·11·07 by David Kjos
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