It Is All of the Grace of God

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up. – James 4:10

In choosing to bless the poor and needy by His grace, the Lord finds for Himself warm friends, those who will give Him much praise, contend earnestly for His reign and for His sovereignty, and endure much obloquy for very love to His dear name. Why if the Lord were to save the Pharisees, they would hardly say, “thank you,” they are so good themselves. They reckon themselves to be so excellent, that if they had salvation they would take it as a matter of course, and, like the lepers, they would never return to thank Him that healed them. But when the Lord saves a great sinner, a man that feels there is nothing good in him; oh, how that man talks of it and tells it to others. He cannot take any praise to himself, he knows that he had nothing to do with it, that it is all of the grace of God. And, oh, see that man how he will stand up for the doctrines of grace!…They are dear to him as his own life. “What,” says he, “is not God the giver of salvation? Is not salvation all of God, from first to last? I know it is,” saith he…”for unless it is grace from first to last, I am a lost man; and, if I be indeed a child of God, then can I contend for the doctrines of grace, and will do till I die.”

Dear objects of Almighty love, He finds you on the dunghill, but He lifts you from it. He finds you in the dust, but is not this the song of Hannah and the song of Mary too-“He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and He hath exalted them of low degree: He hath filled the hungry with good things, but the rich He hath sent empty away?” It is God’s way of dealing with the poor and lost; rejoice at it, it is full of encouragement to you. ~ C.H. Spurgeon

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