Elyse Fitzpatrick on Our Union with Christ

“Our sanctification is rooted in our union with Christ–how can we truly change if we aren’t already truly different?  How can we fight to win if he hasn’t already fought and won?  How can we conquer death and sin if he isn’t the resurrected One, who lives within us?  Indeed [quoting Calvin], ‘the moment we turn aside from Christ in the slightest degree, salvation which rests entirely on him gradually disappears,’ and discouragement and condemnation will rule our hearts.”

Eliyse Fitzpatrick “Because He Loves Me

& if you’re interested in our union with Christ, check out her book, “Found in Him.”

Elyse Fitzpatrick Quote

“Remember, his [God’s] love came to us when we were his enemies.  Why would he leave us now that we’re his beloved children?  When your heart accuses you and says, ‘You’re so worthless.  Look at the way you’ve failed him again!”  you can confidently answer, “It is true that on my own I am worthless, but he has made me completely righteous in his Son.  He has declared that he loves me and his love is now the most important thing about me.  I believe that he won’t stop loving me until he stops loving his own Son.  I can begin to serve him again because I know he is here, with me, sustaining me and granting me his grace.”

Elyse Fitzpatrick “Because He Loves Me

 

Some Sunday Afternoon Gospel for You

“The hope of the gospel is simply this… that Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son, was born in a lowly manger, lived a perfect life, suffered from the moment of his first breath, was indescribably shamed and cruelly tortured, and then died without the comfort of his Father or the angels on Calvary’s cruel tree.  After three days in darkness and the tomb he rose again, still in human flesh, and then after forty days he ascended to the Father.  Because of this, we have an entirely new identity, not one based on our accomplishments, our self-respect, the accolades of others, [or] our own good works.  We are completely and irrevocably justified; we have been entirely forgiven, reconciled, redeemed.  We will have eternal life with him, and everything we go through now is in some way tied to these truths.”

-Elyse Fitzpatrick “Because He Loves Me

a little Gospel for you…

“Remember, his love came to us when we were his enemies.  Why would he leave us now that we’re his beloved children?  When your heart accuses you and says, ‘You’re so worthless.  Look at the way you’ve failed him again!’ you can confidently answer, ‘It is right that on my own I am worthless, but he has made me completely righteous in his Son.  He has declared that he loves me and his love is now the most important thing about me.  I believe that he won’t stop loving me until he stops loving his own Son.”

Elyse Fitzpatrick “Because He Loves Me.”