We are saved “by grace alone,” says Paul, but “faith without deeds is useless,” according to James. These two, seemingly contradictory, notions of salvation exist in the Gospel, and have been the source of perennial controversy in the church ever since. Is our salvation a race to run or a prize to be obtained? Both, says Ironside, and the presence of both metaphors in the New Testament is not accidental. Finishing the race happens only by God’s mercy—the prize.
H. A. Ironside, one of the twentieth century’s greatest preachers, was born in Toronto, Canada on October 14, 1876. Though his education stopped with grammar school, his fondness for reading and a retentive memory put his learning to use. His scholarship was recognized in academic circles when he received honorary degrees from Wheaton College and Bob Jones University and was invited as frequent lecturer at Dallas Theological Seminary. Dr. Ironside was appointed to the boards of numerous Bible institutes, seminaries, and Christian organizations. He also served as director of the Africa Inland Mission. Ironside preached widely throughout the United States and abroad. He served as pastor of Moody Memorial Church from 1930 to 1948, and during his lifetime, he preached more than 7,000 sermons to over 1.25 million listeners.