The believer's eternal confession!
(John MacDuff, "The Night Watches")
"By the Grace of God--I am what I am!" 1 Corinthians 15:10
This is the believer's eternal confession!
Grace found him a rebel against God--it leaves him a son of God!
Grace found him wandering at the gates of Hell--it leaves him at the gates of Heaven!
Grace devised the scheme of Redemption. Justice never would; Reason never could. And it is Grace which carries out that scheme. No sinner would ever have sought God--but "by grace." The thickets of Eden would have proved Adam's grave--had not grace called him out!
Saul would have lived and died the haughty self-righteous persecutor--had not grace laid him low! The thief on the cross would have continued breathing out his blasphemies--had not grace arrested his tongue and tuned it for glory! "Out of the knottiest timber," says Rutherford, "God can make vessels of mercy for service in the high palace of glory!"
"I came, I saw, I conquered!" may be inscribed by the Savior on every monument of His grace. "I came to the sinner; I looked upon him; and with a look of omnipotent love--I conquered him!"
Believer, you would have been this day a wandering star, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever! You would have been Christless, hopeless, and portionless; had not grace constrained you!
And it is grace which, at this moment, "keeps" you. You have often been a Peter--forsaking your Lord--but brought back to Him again.
Why have you not been a Demas or a Judas? "I have prayed for you--that your faith fail not!" Is not this your own comment and reflection on life's retrospect: "Yet not I--but the grace of God which was with me!"
Seek to realize your dependence on this grace every moment.
"More grace! more grace!" needs to be your continual cry.
His infinite supply--is commensurate with your infinite need.
The treasury of grace, though always emptying--is always full.
The key of prayer which opens it--is always at hand!
And the Almighty Bestower of the blessings of grace--is always "waiting to be gracious."
The recorded promise can never be cancelled or reversed: "My grace is sufficient for you."
The grace of God is the source of lesser temporal blessings--as well as of higher spiritual blessings. Grace accounts for the crumb of daily bread--as well as for the crown of eternal glory! But even in regard to earthly mercies, never forget the CHANNEL of grace: "through Christ Jesus!" It is sweet thus to connect every blessing, even the smallest and humblest token of providential bounty--with Calvary's cross--to have the common blessings of life stamped with "the print of the nails!" It makes them doubly precious to think, "All this flows from Jesus!"
"By the Grace of God--I am what I am!" Reader! seek to dwell much on this inexhaustible theme!