Free Grace 22

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. John Simpson {Perfection of Justification, 1648} Obtained from Supralapsarian.com

The teaching and reality of free-grace is the most comforting and helpful to souls that are worn out and deeply tried. The heart that has felt the weight of his or her sin and has nothing in self to come to God with and nothing to move God to answer his or her prayer is a soul that must have free-grace or it knows it has no hope. The soul that has been wearied with many trials and each one beyond its own strength has nothing to look to but free-grace. The soul that God has put under a dark cloud sees nothing in itself that could possibly move God to come and comfort it knows the comforting truth of free-grace. The soul that has had Christ Himself teach it that it is utterly impoverished of spirit and has nothing that it can obtain righteousness with knows from the depths of the soul just how comforting the truth of free-grace is.

God trains His children with trials and hard things. He will not have them to look to themselves for anything at all. He will bring them to an end of all hope in self and all trust in self for grace or anything else. In doing this He is stretching them beyond what they can endure and as such teaches them that they are insufficient for the slightest thing, but also that grace must be free-grace or they would never have the blessing of it at all. The children of God wrestle with God on behalf of their children, marriages, spouses, churches, and their own hearts, but it should never escape the heart of tongue of a true believer to pray on behalf or in the name of anyone but Christ. God does not give grace because we pray and He does not give grace to others on our behalf, but grace is always in the name of Christ alone and it is always a free-grace.

There are few Calvinists in our day in reality, though many take that name. Calvinism, in one sense, should be just a synonym for free-grace and for free-grace to be applied consistently in all areas. It is one thing to speak on behalf of doctrinal Calvinism, but it is quite another to have our hearts bowed in humility to where we plead with God to give us hearts that love Him and thoughts that exalt in Him. It is also quite another thing from the theological statement about sovereignty to know that it is only by free-grace that our hearts will love Him and our thoughts will exalt Him. Even more, our prayers can only be answered by free-grace as well. Our prayers do not put an obligation on God in any way, though it is true that His grace will put prayers in our hearts. The Scripture tells us that we are to walk or live by grace, but the real intent is to tell us to walk and live by free-grace.

If we are to live by free-grace, then we must be humbled by the sovereign hand of God to where we really and truly are broken of heart enough to know in the depths of our souls that God cannot be moved by any condition we can keep. There is nothing that we can be or do at any point in our life that brings God under any obligation to us to give us the slightest grace. However, that is also very freeing to the soul that desires to live by love for Him and His glory. What moves God to give grace is His own glory. When a soul begins to seek the Lord and ask Him to change it to where it will begin to long for His glory and to long for it to be manifested to others, that soul must know that it will have to live by free-grace alone as that is what glorifies God. In fact, we should not even desire anything to come to us but by free-grace because that is how God glorifies Himself.

The doctrine of free-grace can be disputed with words and with Scripture, but the soul that has been taught of the Lord in the depths of the heart will know that it lives upon the bounty of His grace that is moved only by Himself and that the soul has nothing in itself to look to at all. There are no conditions that a soul can meet or come up with in its own strength and power and so the inwardly taught soul will look to free-grace alone for all things. The soul that has learned at the foot of the cross knows that regardless of the trial and regardless of the strength of the trial that there is nothing meritorious it can do in that trial, so it learns to look to free-grace which is for His glory. While free-grace sounds horrible to most, it is actually the most freeing teaching for those who love His glory. In fact, we cannot love His glory in truth if we are enemies to free-grace. Free-grace is meat for the children of God and is cold water to those who are thirsty for Him. Free-grace is the strength of weary souls and gives energy to those who are completely worn out. Oh that someone today would preach this glorious truth!

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