Monday, December 28, 2015

Whitefield: free grace alone

Monday, December 28, 2015
    Feast of the Holy Innocents
    But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
    —James 4:6 (NIV)
    To check therefore all suggestions to spiritual pride, let us consider, that we did not apprehend Christ, but were apprehended of him. That we have nothing but what we have received. That the free grace of God has alone made the difference between us and others; and, was God to leave us to the deceitfulness of our own hearts but one moment, we should become weak and wicked, like other men. We should farther consider, that being proud of grace, is the most ready way to lose it.
    ... George Whitefield (1714-1770), The Works of the Reverend George Whitefield, M.A., v. VI, London: Edward and Charles Dilly, 1772, p. 247 (see the book)
    See also John 15:15-16; Acts 10:41; Rom. 9:15-16; 2 Cor. 2:11; Jas. 4:6; 1 John 4:10,19
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I am clay.
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