Simply stated, I am nothing more than a sinner saved by the free grace of God. My name, date of birth, and life are not worthy of mention. I fell in Adam, was shaped in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. I came forth from the womb speaking lies and estranged from my God. By nature I am a God-hating rebel, a child of wrath even as others. However, God teaches me in His Word that before He formed me in my mother's womb He knew me, sanctified me, and ordained me to be His child. I have something better than a man-made theology degree. I have a priceless education of grace. I have been instructed by God in the ways of sovereign mercy, redeeming love, and omnipotent grace. I have been brought up in the School of Christ and illuminated by the Spirit of God. No man can have a better teacher than God, or receive a better spiritual education than the one that God has freely given me by His grace.
By God's grace, and through painful experience, I have learned, not only about my Savior, but that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwells no good thing. My blessed Redeemer has taught me well, not only that all men are totally depraved and deserving of Hell because of their sin—but that I am totally depraved and worthy of Hell because of my sin. By the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, God has convinced me of the utter insufficiency of my own righteousness to justify me—and the all-sufficiency of the righteousness of Christ. By the eyes of God-given faith I now see that Christ is all: all in salvation, all in the Scriptures, all in life, all in death, all in time, and all in eternity!
I have no hope of salvation or acceptance with God except for Christ my Substitute—the sovereign, sinless, successful Son of God: His grace, His life, His obedience, His blood, and His intercession. He loved me before the world began. He redeemed me at Calvary with His own precious blood. And now He reigns in glory at the right hand of the Father—ruling all things for the glory of God and my everlasting salvation! (Copied)