“Add Nothing To It” ( Ecclesiastes 3: 14, NIV ) by Carley Evans


Nothing need be added to Christ’s finished work — the redemptive work He completed on the cross.

“[God] has set eternity in the hearts of men, yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11) Men — that is humankind — desire God; they feel an emptiness when they are without His intimate presence.

Solomon reminds us that “God will bring to judgment both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time for every deed.” (Ecclesiastes 3:17) Because all will stand before the judgment seat of God Almighty, humankind needs One who will stand in the gap for them — One who has taken upon Himself the sins of the world.

Nothing is more powerful than the shed blood of Jesus Christ crucified. No “good deeds” compare to His effort on the cross of Calvary. Add nothing to His work, for it is not only unnecessary, it is worthless.

“For God’s Good Pleasure” (Hebrews 11: 6, HCSB) by Carley Evans


God does not take pleasure in sacrifice, but in faith. “Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen.” (Hebrews 11: 1) Without faith — without a strong belief that God is real and that “He rewards those who seek Him;” “it is impossible to please God.”

The sacrifice which God accepts is that of His Son, Jesus Christ. No other sacrifice is needed. Our belief that Jesus’ sacrifice is acceptable to God is the faith which saves us from eternal separation from the Father. To the extent that we trust in Jesus’ blood covering our sins, we please God.

God speaks to us, “This is the covenant I make with [you]. I put My laws on [your] hearts and write them on [your] minds. I never again remember [your] sins and lawless acts.” (Hebrews 10: 16 – 17)

“Keep your attention on Jesus Christ, as risen from the dead.” (2 Timothy 2: 8) Christ is seated at the right hand of His Father, interceding for you.

“For if [you] die with Him, [you] also live with Him. If [you] endure, [you] also reign with Him; if [you] deny Him, He also denies [you]; if [you] are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.” (2 Timothy 2: 11 – 13)

“God At Work In Us” (Ephesians 1: 7, ESV) by Carley Evans


Paul says that our redemption is “in Him – the Beloved.” Our salvation is not in ourselves or in another. Rather, we are redeemed “through His blood.” We are not redeemed through the blood of bulls, goats, lambs. Rather, Christ’s blood pays our debts. We are forgiven our sins [trespasses, debts] “according to the riches of His grace.” His grace saves us.

Christ “is the mediator of a new covenant, so that [we] who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death occurs that redeems [us] from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.” (Hebrews 9: 15) Christ “appears once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.” (Hebrews 9: 26)

Paul explains that we are “predestined…for adoption as sons.” (Ephesians 1: 5) Our adoption is possible because of “His glorious grace” (Ephesians 1: 6) and “according to the purpose of His will.” (Ephesians 1: 5) We are not adopted by our will, but by His will.

God “works all things according to the counsel of His will,” reminds Paul. (Ephesians 1: 11) God is the one who is at work in us. He seals us with “the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it.” (Ephesians 1: 13 – 14)

Therefore, since God is at work in us, we should praise Him. We should give Him all the glory which is due Him for He sends His Son who willingly dies to make our adoption possible. Hallelujah!

“What Shall We Say Then?” (1 John 1: 9, HCSB) by Carley Evans


In confession resides purification. Jesus promises to purify us from all unrighteousness as we confess our sins to His Father and to one another.

“If we say, ‘We have no sin,’ we deceive ourselves.” (1 John 1: 8) On the other hand, if we recognize our sin, and confess it as existing, as undesirable, as unworthy of our relationship with Christ; then God the Father is willing and able to forgive us.

Jesus presents us as His clean brothers and sisters to His Father — we are washed in the blood of Christ so that “though [our] sins are like scarlet, they are as white as snow; though they are as red as crimson, they are like wool.” (Isaiah 1: 18)

Jesus says this is reasonable; that we are able to discuss this truth — “if [we] are willing and obedient, [we] eat the good things of the land.” (Isaiah 1: 19) Our obedience consists of believing on Christ, of recognizing our core unworthiness, of placing our entire trust in His sacrificial grace and in His righteousness.

Paul rhetorically asks, “What should we say then? Should we continue in sin so that grace might multiply? Absolutely not!” (Romans 6: 1 – 2) We are not to sin, but “if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father — Jesus Christ the Righteous One. He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not only for ours, but also for those of the whole world.” (1 John 2: 1 – 2)