Thursday, March 17, 2022

Bishop: whom grace is for

Thursday, March 17, 2022
    Feast of Patrick, Bishop of Armagh, Missionary, Patron of Ireland, c.460
    For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.
    —Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)
    Grace is a provision for men who are so fallen that they cannot lift the axe of justice—so corrupt that they cannot change their own natures—so averse to God that they cannot turn to Him—so blind that they cannot see Him—so deaf that they cannot hear Him and so dead that He Himself must open their graves and then lift them into resurrection.
    ... G. S. Bishop (1836-1914), The Doctrines of Grace, Gospel Publishing House, 1910, p. 156 (see the book)
    See also Eph. 2:8-9; Rom. 11:5-6; Eph. 2:1-2; Phil. 2:12-13; Col. 2:13-14
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You alone save.
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