What is our experience of the worth of the Savior? Is Christ precious to our heart? The answer to this question is the test and measure of our soul’s spiritual and vital change.
These two words go together. ‘Believe & Precious. You cannot have one without the other. The true evidence of genuine faith, is that Christ will be precious to the one who truly believes. If we profess to believe in Christ, but do not find Him precious, then our faith is dangerously flawed. As our understanding deepens as to how lost and ruined we are in sin, and just how utterly & completely helpless we are to rectify that state, the more precious Jesus will be to our souls.
The Bible only recognises two distinctive characters – the Sinner and the Saviour. The saint or the Christian is simply a sinner converted, justified, pardoned, adopted, sanctified, saved, and eventually glorified. Every day of our life we are reminded we are no more than a sinner saved by grace – and not a day goes by where we are not found to be sinners in need of more grace.
Not a day goes by where we do not have a need to repent of more sin. The person who believes they are a Christian because they repented once, has never, in truth, repented at all. The life of a Christian is a life of continual repentance.
At the start of the Protestant reformation, when Martin Luther nailed his 95 thesis on the door of the church at Wittenberg, the very first thesis read like this – “When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, ‘Repent’, He willed that the whole life of believers should be one of repentance.” Philip Henry, the father of Mathew Henry had suggested to him, that he made too much of repentance, and he replied – ‘I hope to carry my repentance up to the gate of Heaven itself.’
This is one of the reasons our Lord Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper. It was to provoke us, to keep repentance a constant exercise in our life. He said – “As often as you do this, do this in remembrance of Me.” We have need to regularly examine ourselves, and repent. We have need to confess our sins – that is the life of a Christian. We need to refresh ourselves in the reality of His sacrifice for us. What His suffering purchased for us. When we break the loaf, we remember it could not be less than His precious body that was broken for us, – “He was wounded for our transgressions …..!
When we drink the cup, it could not be less than His precious blood that was shed to establish the New Covenant. A covenant ratified in His blood. And the terms of that covenant can never be altered because His blood is precious. “Unto you who believe, He is Precious.”