Jesus Christ: The Content Of Christian Faith (by Major Ian Thomas)
There is something which makes Christianity more than a religion, more than an ethnic, and more than the idle dream of the sentimental idealist. It is this something which makes it relevant to each one of us right now as a contemporary experience.
It is the fact that Christ Himself is the very life content of the Christian faith.
It is Jesus Whom makes Christianity “tick.”
“Faithful is he that calleth you, who will also do it” (i Thessalonians 5:24).
The One who calls you is the One who does that to which He calls you. “For it is God which worketh in you, both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13).
Jesus is Himself the very dynamic of all His demands.
Christ did not die simply that you might be saved from bad conscience, or even to remove the stain of past failure, but to “clear the decks” for divine action. This is gloriously true in a very limited, though vital sense.
In Romans 5:10 we read “If, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” The Lord Jesus therefore ministers to you in two distinct ways – He reconciles you to God by His death, and He saves you by His life.
– Major Ian Thomas (The Saving Life Of Christ)