Monday, April 28, 2014

ALL FROM GREAT GRACE

The redeemed have all from the grace of God. It was of mere grace that God gave us His only-begotten Son. The gift was infinitely precious, because it was of a person infinitely worthy, a person of infinite glory; and also because it was of a person infinitely near and dear to God.

The grace is great in proportion to the benefit he has given us in him. The benefit is doubly infinite, in that in him we have deliverance from an infinite misery and receive eternal glory.

The grace in bestowing this gift is great in proportion to our unworthiness.  Instead of deserving such a gift, we merited infinite ill of God’s hands.

The grace is great according to the means by which a way is made for our having the gift. He gave him to dwell among us. He gave him to us in a low and afflicted state; and not only so, but as slain, that he might be a feast for our souls.

The grace of God in bestowing this gift is most free. God was under no obligation to bestow this gift. He might have rejected fallen man, as he did the fallen angels.  We never did any thing to merit it; it was given while we were yet enemies, and before we had so much as repented.

It was from the love of God who saw no excellency in us to attract it; and it was without expectation of ever being repaid for it.  It is from mere grace that the benefits of Christ are applied to us. Those that are called and sanctified are to attribute it alone to the good pleasure of God’s goodness, by which they are distinguished.

He is sovereign, and hath mercy on whom he will have mercy.

~ Jonathan Edwards

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