Scripture: Romans 6:1-14
“Salvation by grace, salvation by free grace, salvation not by works but according to the mercy of God is indispensable to godliness. Retain a single shred or fragment of legality with the Gospel and you take away the power of the Gospel to melt and conciliate. On the tenure of ‘do this and you will live,’ a spirit of fearfulness is sure to enter; and the man striving to be square and even with his Creator is, in fact, pursuing all the while his own selfishness instead of God’s glory. It is only when, in the Gospel, acceptance is bestowed as a present, without money and without price, [that he can then] repose in Him as one friend reposes in another… rejoicing in the impulse of gratitude, by which he is awakened to the charms of a new moral existence. And never does the sinner find within himself so mighty a moral transformation, as when under the belief that he is saved by grace, he feels constrained thereby to offer his heart a devoted thing, and to deny ungodliness . . . The only way to dispossess the heart of an old affection is by the expulsive power of a new one. It is only when admitted into the number of God’s children through faith in Jesus Christ that the spirit of adoption is poured out on us– it is then that the heart, brought under the mastery of one great and predominant affection, is delivered from the tyranny of its former desires, and the only way that deliverance is possible.”
“This life, therefore, is
not righteousness but growth in righteousness
not health but healing
not being but becoming
not rest but exercise.
We are not what we shall be, but we are growing toward it.
The process is not yet finished, but it is going on;
This is not the end, but it is the road.
All does not gleam in glory but all is being purified.”
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