Free Grace 4

Nothing in man doth precede or prevent the grace of God. The light and beams of grace do dispel the clouds of our sins. Not for our sakes, but for his Name’s sake he covereth our sins. It is God’s prerogative to free us from sin by grace, and to remove them far from us. “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” {Ps.103:12} He only can remove sin against whom it is committed. He only can cast sin into the depths of the sea, who hath an ocean of grace in himself, in which he swalloweth them up. Micah is spiritually transported beyond himself in admiring this incommunicable prerogative of the God of Grace. “Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage &c.;” {Micah 7:18;} and who can think that he will part with this privilege, which is his delight? For so it followeth in the same verse, “he retaineth not his anger forever, because he delighteth in mercy.” John Simpson {Perfection of Justification, 1648} Obtained from Supralapsarian.com

It seems as if the pride and self-sufficiency of man have swallowed up the biblical teaching of the free grace of God in the modern day. We have so many scholars, so many excuses, so many qualifications, and so many conditions that they have seemingly swallowed up the free grace of God. It was not always so. There were men, who though dead in body still live through their writings, believed and wrote about the free grace of God and fiercely opposed the adding of any qualifications to it at all. The Gospel of grace alone still shines through their writings, but in the pulpits of this land the doctrines of free grace are extremely rare in our day.
“Nothing in man doth precede or prevent the grace of God.” What a glorious statement that sets out the beauty and grace of God. There is nothing in man that comes before the grace of God. There is nothing in man that prevents the grace of God. These are twin truths that set out the one grand truth of the freeness of God’s grace. No work, merit, or anything that man is or can do will ever move God to show grace to man. There is no sin or sins in man that can prevent the grace of God if He chooses to save sinners. Oh how this should encourage men to seek the grace of God! The omnipotent God can save any sinner He is pleased to save. His grace is connected to His power and as such it is an omnipotent grace. Nothing in man can prevent the grace of God in saving sinners.
“Not for our sakes, but for his Name’s sake he covereth our sins.” Again, what beauty and what comfort these words have for our souls as the glory of grace shines forth. It is grace toward sinners that God saves sinners for the glory of His own name. It is grace toward sinners that for the sake of the love of God for Himself that He saves sinners. It is for the sake of the glory and beauty of His own righteousness, holiness, wrath, and all other attributes that God saves sinners. The Gospel is the location of the fullest display of the character and attributes of God if we have eyes to see. The Gospel is all about His glory and it is as we behold the glory of Christ that we are changed from one degree to another in that glory.
“It is God’s prerogative to free us from sin by grace, and to remove them far from us.” Can weak and sinful man free himself from his own sin? Can man remove sin from himself and remove them far away? It is impossible for man to do what God alone can do. It is impossible for man’s will to do what only God’s will has the ability to do. Sin has power and the devil has power over his subjects, so we must see that no man can remove himself from sin or remove sin from himself. Sin is part of the very nature of man, so clearly it takes grace to change the nature of man by regenerating him by what is in God rather than what is within man.
When we see these things put together, we see the absolute impossibility for God to show grace unless it is a free grace. The three points about grace in this little BLOG shows the freedom that true grace has. Nothing in man can precede or prevent true grace, so grace is free. It is for the sake of His own name that He saves sinners by grace alone, so grace is without cause and as such free to men. It is God’s prerogative to free those whom He will free from their sin, so grace is without cause apart from within the triune God. The freeness of grace is set out and demonstrated by these three points. We should behold the beauty of God and bow in humility and thankfulness.

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