LOOKING TO PRAISE AND WORSHIP JESUS THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. 18 No man has ever seen God at any time; the only unique Son, or the only begotten God, Who is in the bosom [in the intimate presence] of the Father, He has declared Him [He has revealed Him and brought Him out where He can be seen; He has interpreted Him and He has made Him known].

Friday, September 15, 2006

Free Grace!

Free grace! Unmerited mercy! Sovereign love!

(Octavius Winslow, "The Soul After Conversion")

No truth shines with clearer luster in the Bible
than that salvation, from first to last, is of God.

God is sovereign in salvation!

He often selects . . .
the poorest,
the vilest,
the most depraved,
the most fallen,
as if utterly to explode all idea of human
merit, and to reflect the free grace of His
heart in its richest luster.

O precious truth!

It stains the pride of human merit!

It lays the axe at the root of self!

It humbles and abases!

It empties and lays low!

It ascribes all the praise, honor and glory,
might, majesty and dominion, of the new
creation in the soul, to the Triune God!

No worthiness of the creature allures Him to the
sinner's heart! What worthiness can be supposed
to exist--what merit can there be in . . .
a guilty criminal,
an outlawed rebel,
a poor insolvent,
one whose mind is enmity,
one whose heart is swelling with treason against
God, His government, and His Son? One who owes
millions, but has 'nothing to pay'? None whatever!

And that the eternal Spirit should enter
the heart of such a one . . .
convincing of sin;
subduing the hatred;
breaking down the rebellion;
leading to Jesus, and
sealing pardon and peace upon the conscience;
oh! what but free grace, unmerited mercy, and
sovereign love could thus have constrained Him?

"Lord, what did You see in me," exclaims the
converted soul, "that moved You with compassion,
that drew You to my heart, and that constrained
You to make me Your child? Nothing on my part,
but poverty, wretchedness, and misery! Nothing on
Your part, nothing but love, sovereignty, and
unmerited favor!"

O the riches of His grace!

6 Comments:

Blogger bluecollar said...

It is simply astounding that God could ever choose me. Oh, the sin that still resides in me even 33 years after conversion.

September 15, 2006 10:08 AM

 
Blogger Gayla said...

You speak the truth, my friend!

Here's the thing - and apparently I don't explain it very well in discussions I've been involved in.

The person of free-will persuasion does not see that their 'decision' to 'choose' Christ is assigning any credit to themselves. They say they don't take the credit (thus) the glory. And they don't really have an explanation for what it is about themselves that would cause them to choose Christ over the next guy.

September 15, 2006 11:51 AM

 
Blogger bluecollar said...

None of them can explain it. Is it because some are more soft hearted, more spiritually wise? None can answer that question. The answer is God's election - 1 Peter 1:2

September 15, 2006 1:30 PM

 
Blogger jazzycat said...

Jesus does not just make salvation possible, he saves sinners by the process of regeneration. That is grace, How sweet the sound.

September 15, 2006 3:55 PM

 
Blogger Bhedr said...

Thats a great poem! Amen!

September 15, 2006 4:16 PM

 
Blogger Baptist Girl said...

Mark,
Great Poem!
Matthew 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Thank the Lord for His undying Grace.

Cristina

September 16, 2006 10:56 PM

 

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