Establishing Saints in Grace

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I am trying with God’s help to establish saints more in grace. I find only a very few rejoicing in the Lord as they might be; most seem to believe that they [start out] at first by grace, as a pure unmerited gift from God; but that, after that, they are expected to go on well [by] themselves, and when they fail to do so, they get legal, and miserable, and discouraged. They get out of heart, and give way to wrong things, and have no strength to attempt right things. It is only in [grace] that they catch glimpses of their Father’s face.

Yet, if they would only in their hearts believe it, they are in Christ all the time; never under condemnation; always under grace; always loved with the same love as Christ. God intends us to have Christ for our life, now, practically, just as much as for our righteousness before the throne. There is not a sin which we see in ourselves which the blood of Christ does not cleanse, and no service is required of us for which He does not give us ample strength in Himself. How is it that saints go on groaning over their own few bad pennies, instead of rejoicing in the unsearchable riches they have in Christ?

J.G. M’Vicker (1826-1900)
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2 Comments on “Establishing Saints in Grace”

  1. Dennis Says:

    “most seem to believe that they [start out] at first by grace, as a pure unmerited gift from God; but that, after that, they are expected to go on well [by] themselves, and when they fail to do so, they get legal, and miserable, and discouraged.”
    Sadly I would say that is a description of most of the Church…as Paul would ask..O foolish __________Who has bewitched you? But then in our defence has Christ been clearly portrayed amongst us as crucified like He was through Paul’s preaching back then? I think not. So therefore because we have not truly heard the gospel of His salvation and seen that we thoroughly died to sin and the law with Jesus, and now thoroughly live to God through the spirit of life in Christ Jesus, we go on trying hard to please God. We think we are that old man …a forgiven version…not seeing or believing that we are a totally new creation no longer subject to sin or the Law. We see ourselves as separate from God needing Him to do something further to our dirty hearts…when in fact we are clean before Him all the time…even when we fall! How we need again to have Christ crucified preached to us until we see that we are trying to establish our own righteousness and have not submitted to the righteousness of God.

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