Free Grace 6

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

There is nothing that is such good news to sinners who are broken of heart and who see their sin than to see, know, and understand that God saves sinners by free-grace. The eyes that God have opened to see his or her own sinful hearts are hearts that now see how impossible it is for anything or anyone to save them according to merit. It is only if the omnipotent God is pleased to save them because of who He is rather than because of who they are and what they have done. Oh how an enlightened sinner sees that everything that s/he has done has been tainted with sin or simply full of sin. This soul begins to see itself as having a mountain of weight upon it because of its sin and it cannot see how God Himself can save it. Free-grace is the only comfort an enlightened sinner can ever have.

The enlightened soul sees itself as in horrible deformity by sin. In previous BLOGS on this subject we have seen how God considers man as less than nothing, but now we will see that sin makes a person an enemy of God and far worse than just being nothing. Man can moan in his sin and wish that he was nothing, but that can never be again. Man may even cry out to God to make him nothing and how he may wish he had never been born, but that can never be. The enlightened soul beings to see itself as nothing but a mass of deformity in its sin and it sees itself how it is an enemy of God and even begins to see its own enmity against God. A soul that has been shown a fair amount of light in this subject will know that it hates God and sees the wrath of God against it.

The enlightened soul sees its own vileness and pollution and knows that God sees that with even greater clarity. This soul knows that the Scripture commands it to be holy as He is holy and yet it now sees that it is as unholy as the devil is unholy. The soul knows that human beings were created in one sense as children of God, but now it is a child of the devil. The soul knows that unless it has its sin wiped away it will perish with the devil in the lake of fire. This soul knows that even if it could stop sinning, it could never make up for one of its numerous sins each hour of each day. Oh the weight of sin upon this soul.

The enlightened soul now begins to see itself as a sinner by nature. Not only does it sin, but it sins because it has a sinful nature. It begins to understand that all of its thoughts are sinful as they come from a sinful heart. It begins to see that its desires are sinful as they flow from a sinful heart. It begins to understand with sorrow that all of its motives, even if the outward act was thought to be good, were sinful and nothing but sinful. It begins to see that all of its actions flow from a sinful heart, but also all of the words that come from its mouth are flowing from that sinful heart. Oh the weight of sin because of the past, because of the present, and also each and every thing that soul will do in the future. This soul sees the utter impossibility for it to ever make up for one sin because even its righteous acts are as filthy rags.

Oh how this soul needs to see and understand the glory of free-grace. Nothing can prevent the free-grace of God if He decides to save a sinner. Regardless of how filthy the sinner is, God can show grace if He is pleased to do so. No matter the mountains of sin that stand against the sinner and no matter the sinners complete inability to do one thing to help self, God can show grace if He is pleased to do so. The glory of the Gospel of free-grace is that God saves for the sake of His own name and not for our merit or demerit. God is able to save sinners because He saves for the glory of His grace and for the glory of His own name. Oh how this must be set out to sinners and they should be encouraged to look to grace alone for faith and all aspects of salvation. God is jealous for His own glory and He will save sinners only for His own glory. This is the way of free-grace alone.

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