The Gospel is Counter Intuitive to Human Nature

Posted: October 6, 2009 in Gospel

Works salvation is so plausible to human nature, and the gospel is counter intuitive because it causes people to rely on someone other than themselves. Works righteousness and self sufficiency is the salvation derived from the natural mind; Grace in Christ is the incredible salvation from the supernatural mind of God. Oh, how hard is it to set aside self, to set aside all goodness and fall fully on the righteousness of Christ. We can’t bring anything less than perfection to God for acceptance, and we cannot provide perfection on our own. God will only deal favorably with those who take hold of Christ’s righteousness and perfect sacrifice by faith, and this indeed is a supernatural wonder!

By nature, we would like to be bringing something to Christ, but that must not be. Not a penny of nature’s highest improvements will pass in heaven. Grace will not stand with works (Titus 3:5; Rom 11:6). That is a terrible point to human nature, which cannot think of being stripped of all, not having a rag of duty or righteousness left to look at.

Self-righteousness and self-sufficiency are the darlings of sinful human nature, which she preserves as her life. That makes Christ seem ugly to sinful human nature. Sinful human nature cannot desire Him. He is just directly opposite to all nature’s glorious interests. Let sinful human nature but make a gospel, and it would make it quite contrary to Christ; it would be to the just, the innocent and the holy. But Christ made the gospel for you: that is, for needy sinners, the ungodly, the unrighteous, the accursed. Human nature cannot endure to think the gospel is only for sinners: it will rather choose to despair than to go to Christ upon such terrible terms. When nature is but put to it by guilt or wrath, it will go to its old haunts of self-righteousness and self-goodness. An infinite power must cast down those strongholds; Christ will look at the most abominable sinner before Him. None but the self-justified stands excluded from the gospel, because to such a one Christ cannot be made justification: he is no sinner.”

-Thomas Wilcox, Honey Out of The Rock

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