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GRACE IN God is the loving tendeney of his nature to pity the miserable, pardon the guilty, and bless the unworthy. It is the graciousness of God. Now our God is the God of grace the God of all grace. He is naturally inclined to sympathise with the suffering, and confer blessings on the unworthy. The grace of God lies at the foundation of salvation, and is the hidden spring from which flows every good and perfect gift. If God were not gracious man could have no hope ; we should never have heard of a Saviour, or found a way of escape from the wrath to come. GRACE

FROM GOD comprises every good thing that is bestowed on sinners, whether temporal or spiritual ; but it more particularly refers to those spiritual blessings with which He has blessed us in Christ, and which He freely bestows upon the most unworthy through Ohrist. Grace never looks for any inducement in its object, but gives, simply because it will give, for its own honour and glory.

God has grace to confer on sinners-grace provided and laid up, on purpose to give to those who cannot merit, who do not deserve -grace which just meets man's condition, and supplies all his wants-grace to quicken him as dead-grace to pardon him as guilty -grace to cleanse him as polluted-grace to supply him as needy-grace to elevate him as depraved-grace to protect him as defenceless-grace to crown him with everlasting glory. In a word, grace to work in him, grace to work by him, grace to confer on him, and grace to glorify him.

The grace which God has provided Ha has revealed. The gospel is called “The glad tidings of the grace of God.” It tells us there is grace in God, and grace in God for sinners-sinners of every class, clime, or colour : : grace for sinners as sinners, nothing but sinners, in whom dwelleth no good thing, and by whom no good thing has ever been done. The gospel presents grace to sinners, and invites them to receive it; the very grace that suits their case, and meets their condition. The grace the gospel presents includes all the good things that a sinner can need or God can consistently give ; and it presents all as free, without money and without price. The grace of the gospel is to be received and enjoyed; received by whosoever will, and enjoyed by all that re. ceive it. And to encourage us, the Apostle assures us there is “ ABUNDANCE OF GRACE.”

Many have received, but there is an abundance still. However much you need there is an abundance to supply your need. It is not the abundance of some large vessel, it is the abundance of the ocean. It is not the abundance of some artificial light, but the abundance of the sun. There is enough for every one, there is enough for all. This abundant grace will pardon any sin, and all sin. It will save any sinner, or all sinners ; for sinners do not perish because grace cannot save them ; but, as Jesus said unto the Jews, “Ye will not come unto me, that ye might have life.” So we may say to sinners who perish under the gospel,

“ Ye would not come for grace which God had promised, nor receive the grace

which in the gospel he presented to you.” Nor is it because grace would not be given, for it would. As Jesus said to the carnal selfish Jews, “Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you ; for Him hath God the Father sealed.” Nothing can be plainer than this.

Jesus was willing to give unto them, but they were

unwilling to receive. Jesus was authorised by the Father to give unto them, but they would not receive it from His hands. Just in the same manner be expresses His willingness to give, when man is willing to receive, in His words to the woman of Samaria, “If thou knewest the gift of God, and who


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