Tag Archive | Grace

All Came From The Grace Of The Lord Jesus

Robert Traill (The Throne of Grace), Works 1:163:

Christ is such a sun that all on whom his gracious beams light, are saved. He quickens all he shines upon. Men perish under the gospel indeed; but it is because the light of it shines only about them, and without them, 2 Cor. 4:4, 6, but not into their hearts. All the grace whereby any, and all the redeemed of the Lord, are converted, beautified, and saved, is from the highest spring, grace in Christ: 1 Tim. 1:14, And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant, with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. How came Paul by all the faith and love his blessed soul was filled with? All came from the grace of the Lord Jesus. And every partaker of true grace will own the same original.

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/all-came-from-the-grace-of-the-lord-jesus.90911/

The Free Grace And Mercy Of God

Matthew Henry on Romans 9:16:

Véraison grappesHence he infers (v. 16), It is not of him that willeth. Whatever good comes from God to man, the glory of it is not to be ascribed to the most generous desire, nor to the most industrious endeavour, of man, but only and purely to the free grace and mercy of God. In Jacob’s case it was not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth; it was not the earnest will and desire of Rebecca that Jacob might have the blessing; it was not Jacob’s haste to get it (for he was compelled to run for it) that procured him the blessing, but only the mercy and grace of God. Wherein the holy happy people of God differ from other people, it is God and his grace that make them differ. Applying this general rule to the particular case that Paul has before him, the reason why the unworthy, undeserving, ill-deserving Gentiles are called, and grafted into the church, while the greatest part of the Jews are left to perish in unbelief, is not because those Gentiles were better deserving or better disposed for such a favour, but because of God’s free grace that made that difference. The Gentiles did neither will it, nor run for it, for they sat in darkness, Mt. 4:16. In darkness, therefore not willing what they knew not; sitting in darkness, a contented posture, therefore not running to meet it, but anticipated with these invaluable blessings of goodness. Such is the method of God’s grace towards all that partake of it, for he is found of those that sought him not (Isa. 65:1); in this preventing, effectual, distinguishing grace, he acts as a benefactor, whose grace is his own. Our eye therefore must not be evil because his is good; but, of all the grace that we or others have, he must have the glory: Not unto us, Ps. 115:1.

Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/showthread.php/90719-Rejection-of-the-doctrines-of-Grace, Comment #30

 

Power To Give Life

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Hugh Binning, Works, p. 49:

O! that is a sweet and ample commission given to our friend and brother, Jesus Christ, – power to repeal sentences passed against us; power and authority to absolve them whom justice hath condemned, and to bless whom the law hath cursed, and to open their mouth to praise whose mouth sin and guiltiness hath stopped; power to give the answer of a good conscience to thy evil self-tormenting conscience! In a word, he hath power to give life, to make alive and heal those who are killed or wounded by the commandment.

Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/showthread.php/88775-A-sweet-and-ample-commission, Comment #1

Image: Vulkan at the German language Wikipedia

Now It Flows Out To All Nations

Iquitos Plaza de Armas Fountain by Night Fountain by night on central plaza in Iquitos/Maynas/Loreto, Peru by AgainErick

J.C. Ryle on the difference between the Mosaic and Christian eras:

“The conception which the pious remnant of Israel had of the Divine character during the Mosaic economy was radically different from the stern and forbidding presentation made thereof by Dispensationalists. Hear the Psamist as he declared, ‘Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful’ (16:5). Hear him again, as he bursts forth into adoring praise, ‘Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgiveth all thine iniquities, who healeth all thy diseases… He hath not dealt with us after our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities’ (103:2, 3, 10). Can Christians say more than that? No wonder David exclaimed, ‘Whom have I in heaven but Thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire besides Thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever’ (73:25, 26). If the question be asked, What, then, is the great distinction  between the Mosaic and Christian eras? The answer is, God’s grace was then confined to one nation, but now it flows out to all nations.”

Source: “A Biblical Refutation of Dispensationalism (The Application of the Scriptures),” pdf file linked to the accompanying sermon.

Law And Grace Are Mutual Handmaids

J.C. Ryle on the relationship of law and grace:

Peter Paul Rubens 105 1“God’s method of salvation by grace has ‘established the law’ in a threefold way. First, by Christ, the Surety of God’s elect, being ‘made under the law’ (Gal. 4:4), fulfilling its precepts (Matt. 5:17), suffering its penalty in the stead of His people, and thereby He has ‘brought in everlasting righteousness’ (Daniel 9:24). Second, by the Holy Spirit, for at regeneration He writes the Law on their hearts (Heb. 8:10), drawing out their affections unto it, so that they ‘delight in the law of God after the inward man’ (Romans 7:22). Third, as the fruit of his new nature, the Christian voluntarily and gladly takes the Law for his rule of life, so that he declares, ‘with the mind I myself serve the law’ (Romans 7:25). Thus is the Law ‘established’ not only in the high court of heaven, but in the souls of the redeemed. So far from law and grace being enemies, they are mutual handmaids: the former reveals the sinner’s need, the latter supplies it; the one makes known God’s requirements, the other enables us to meet them. Faith is not opposed to good works, but performs them in obedience to God out of love and gratitude.”

Source: “A Biblical Refutation of Dispensationalism (The Application of the Scriptures),” pdf file linked to the accompanying sermon.

Faith that Looks to Promis’d Grace

Ralph Erskine, Gospel Sonnets

Piero del Pollaiolo hopeLaw-precepts in a gospel-mold,
We may as gospel-doctrine hold;
But gospel-calls in legal dress,
The joyful sound of grace suppress.

Faith and repentance may be taught,
And yet no gospel-tidings brought;
If as mere duties these we press,
And not as parts of promis’d bless.

If only precepts we present,
Though urg’d with strongest argument,
We leave the wak’ned sinner’s hope
In darkness of despair to grope.

The man whom legal precepts chase.
As yet estrang’d to sov’reign grace,
Mistaking evangelic charms,
As if they stood on legal terms.

Looks to himself, though dead in sin,
For grounds of faith and hope within:
Hence fears and fetters grow and swell,
Since nought’s within but sin and hell.

But faith that looks to promis’d grace,
Clean out of self the soul will chase,
To Christ for righteousness and strength,
And finds the joyful rest at length.

Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/showthread.php/87650-Why-does-Limited-Atonement-Matter/page2?s=711c08db32e940fdeaa66ca3ea54957a, Comment #41

Such a Fullness in Christ

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Paul Baynes on Colossians 1:19:

“Lastly, this is very comfortable; for if there be such a fullness in Christ, then what though there be abundance of sin in us, and guiltiness? Yet there is a fullness in him to remove it, and take it away: a fullness of mercy to hear our supplications, a fullness of merit to make a full atonement for our foulest sins; a fullness of favor to prevail with his Father in any request. If therefore there be such a fullness in Christ as there is, be not discouraged: though thy sins abound, yet his grace abounds much more—they cannot be so out of measure sinful, as he is merciful. Remember but the two metaphors in Scripture: I will scatter your sins as a mist; I will drown them in the bottom of the sea. Now the sun, by reason of his force, can scatter the thickest mist, as well as the thinnest vapor; and the sea, by reason of his great vastness, can drown mountains as well as molehills. So Christ, by reason of the great vastness of grace that is in him, is able, yea, forward and willing to forgive the greatest as well as the least sins. For mercy, though it be a quality in us, yet it is a nature in God. Now that which is natural, there is no unwillingness nor weariness in doing of it: as the eye is not weary of seeing, the ear is not weary of hearing. Therefore, though our sins be never so great and many, his grace is all sufficient for the pardon of them. Now I beseech you, take not this exhortation in vain; for there is nothing more effectual to heal a rebellious disposition, and to cause a sinner to change his course, than to be fully persuaded that he shall be received to mercy, and that his sins shall be forgiven him in Christ. Therefore let this fullness of mercy in Christ be an effectual motive to us all to come in, and to give up ourselves wholly to Christ, to serve him with perfect hearts all our days.”

Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/showthread.php/86901-Fullness-of-mercy-merit-and-favour, Comment #1