Tuesday, January 06, 2009

All the links of the golden chain of salvation (Thomas Brooks, "A Cabinet of Choice Jewels" 1669)

"It is by grace you have been saved!" Ephesians 2:5

All the links of the golden chain of salvation are made up of free grace! The people of God are . . .

freely loved, Deuteronomy 7:6-8;
freely chosen, John 15:16-19, Ephesians 1:4;
freely accepted, Ephesians 1:6;
freely adopted, Ephesians 1:5, Galatians 4:5-6;
freely reconciled, 2 Corinthians 5:18-20;
freely justified, Romans 3:24;
freely saved, Ephesians 2:5, 8.

Free grace is the foundation of all spiritual and eternal mercies. Free grace is the solid bottom and foundation of all a Christian's comfort in this world. Were we to measure the love of God to us by . . .

our fruitfulness,
our holiness,
our humbleness,
our spiritualness,
our heavenly-mindedness, or
our gracious behavior towards Him

--how would our hope and our confidence beevery moment staggered--if not vanquished!

But all is of grace--of free grace! O sirs! it is free grace . . .

which will strengthen you in all your duties,
which will sweeten all your mercies,
which will support you under all your changes,
which will arm you against all temptations!

"For it is by grace you have been saved!" Ephesians 2:8


steve martin said...

At a boy, Wayne! Hand Him over freely...without cost to the sinner!

There is a cost of course, but Jesus has paid it...in full.

Wayne Dawg said...

His blood showed His love!

steve martin said...

"His blood showed His love!"

Amen! And Amen!!

Wayne Dawg said...

I wrote a poem that ended with "His blood showed His love" several yeas ago.......

I need to dig that out and maybe post it.

Danny Turner said...

Thanks for the comment on my blog. I about died laughing when I read, "Im not going to dress up in black to reach goth kids" that was funny. And Im glad you understood what I was saying. Great blog too by the way.

God Bless