Free Grace 5

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

The first sentence in the paragraph above is an enormously important concept in grappling with and understanding grace. Man cannot earn the slightest merit in order to move God to obtain grace, but there is also nothing in man so powerful that God cannot save the person He sets His love upon. The glorious nature of grace sets the focus on God and not man’s abilities in any way. There is no obligation put upon God in any way outside of Himself to show grace. There is no necessity in man in any way for God to move God to save man. There is no merit in man at all, so there is no merit that would put an obligation on God to save man. What motive would God have to save man that can be found in man? This is to say that there is nothing in man or that man can do that would put the least obligation on God to save man. Grace is free of causation as found in man.
Salvation is free grace to man as there is nothing that man can be, do, or earn in any way the least part of his salvation or to move God to give any aspect of salvation. This grace that God saves with is freely given and nothing can be more freely given. But, in man’s way of thinking there are huge obstacles to the salvation of man. The biblical truth about man is that man is so weak and has no power at all in spiritual things. In fact, man is dead in spiritual things. In Isaiah 40:22 we are told that man is less than the grasshoppers. God did not save the angels when they sinned and they are greater than man. God does not save the grasshoppers either. There is nothing in man that can move God to save him, yet salvation comes to man and most gloriously to the glory of God.

Isaiah 40:14 With whom did He consult and who gave Him understanding? And who taught Him in the path of justice and taught Him knowledge And informed Him of the way of understanding? 15 Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket, And are regarded as a speck of dust on the scales; Behold, He lifts up the islands like fine dust. 16 Even Lebanon is not enough to burn, Nor its beasts enough for a burnt offering. 17 All the nations are as nothing before Him, They are regarded by Him as less than nothing and meaningless.

The Scriptures teach that God did not consult with anyone and no one has given Him understanding or taught Him anything. No one can even inform God of anything. Though an aside, this should be instructive about prayer. The nations, taken collectively, are said to be like a drop from a bucket. The nations, again collectively considered, are regarded as a speck of dust on a pair of scales. The nations taken together are as nothing in His presence and in His regard or estimation are as less than nothing and meaningless. When all the nations as a whole are regarded as less than nothing or meaningless, then what is a single individual? What could move God to save nations when they are less than nothing or meaningless? But even more, what can move God to save an individual out of those nations?

Clearly, and without any question, there is nothing in man that can possibly precede the grace of God and so the grace of God is given without any cause found in man. When men look to themselves as trying to find a reason in themselves for God to save them, how this must be a wicked and horrible thing in the sight and nostrils of God. Arminianism must be looked at in this light as well. The Arminian looks to his or her free-will to come up with faith, belief, or a choice in order that God would respond to him or her. This is an affront to God and His free-grace. That is simply human beings trying to find something in themselves to move God to save them. It is a denial of the depravity of man and the free-grace of God.

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