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Letter: We are changed by God’s grace

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Posted: Friday, June 20, 2014 9:53 pm

Many professing Christians seem to believe that the term “by God’s grace” merely means that God made something available to them, which they by natural wisdom and ability took advantage of; but this is far from the truth. The grace of God, as Arthur Pink once said, is an almighty power, an invincible dynamic, a principle victorious over all resistance.

When the apostle Paul said, “By the grace of God I am what I am,” he didn’t mean that God merely opened unto him certain avenues of spiritual progression and advancement; but rather, he meant that God through His powerful and efficacious grace had changed him from what he was formerly into what he was presently. The grace of God didn’t merely provide and preach salvation to Saul of Tarsus (later Paul), but brought salvation to him. God stopped his wild, rebellious, religious career of murder (Acts 9:1-8), that’s the grace of God. Paul said, “God who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Cor:4-6). That’s the grace of God! And wonder of wonders!

All that God did for Paul was in direct contrast to what he so justly deserved. This is grace indeed sovereign, amazing triumphant grace. He’s mighty to make the man who hates holiness love it, and constrain the despiser of His name to bend the knee before Him. Consider what thou wouldst have been but for Divine grace. Great believer, thou wouldst have been a great sinner if God had not made thee to differ.

We have indeed a precious Savior; one who loves without measure, without change, without beginning and without end, even as the Father loves Him. My soul bow down under a sense of thy natural sinfulness, and worship thy God. Admire the grace which saves thee, the mercy which spares thee, the love which pardons thee. Sin gone, Satan shut out, temptation passed forever, and ourselves “faultless” before God. This will be heaven indeed!

Remember also that same door which shut in the wise Virgins, will shut out the foolish forever. Christ is the door and the way no one comes to the Father but by Him.

Willie Hebacker

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