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A Work of Grace - Honorable to God's Law.
life by one, Jesus Christ.) — 9: 16 It is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy. 11: 5 At this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. 6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works : otherwise grace is no more grace.
1 Cor. 4: 7 Who maketh thee to differ from another ? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive ? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it? 15: 10 By the grace of God I am what I am.
Ep. 1: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the Beloved. 2: 4 God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us. 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ; (by grace ye are saved ;) 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places, in Christ Jesus: 7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us,through Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace are ye saved, through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
2 Tim. 1: 9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose
grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.
Tit. 3: 5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 6 Which he shed on us abundantly, through Jesus Christ our Saviour'; 7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
1 Pet. 1: 10 Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you. [See 305, 668.] 587. Redemption honorable to God and his law.
Ps. 85: 10 Mercy and truth are met together: righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
Is. 42: 21 The Lord is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honorable.
Rom. 3: 26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness : that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth
God able to Sanctify.
in Jesus. 31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid : yea, we establish the law.
2 Cor. 4: 6 God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
Ep. 3: 8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, in this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; 9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: 10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, 11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
1 Tim. 1: 11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my trust.
1 Pet. 1: 12 Which things the angels desire to look into. [See 277.]
REGENERATION AND SANCTIFICATION
588. God able to sanctify us, and to keep us from sin.
Ps. 110: 3 Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power.
Ezk. 36: 26 I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
Mic. 2: 7 O thou that art named The house of Jacob, is the Spirit of the LORD straitened?
2 Cor. 9: 8 God is able to make all grace abound toward you ; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, máy abound to every good work.
Ep. 1: 18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to usward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead. - 3: 20 Unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. 21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Jude 24 Unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and
to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever.
[See 218, 234.] 589. Regeneration necessary, or the total sinfulness of unregenerate doings.
Ps. 50: 16 Unto the wicked God saith, what hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or thut thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth?
Is. 1: 11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt-offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he-goats. 12 When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts ? 13 Bring no more vain oblations : incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. 14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them. 15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you ; yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear : your hands are full of blood.
Am. 5: 21 I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies. 22 Though ye offer me burnt-offerings and your meat-offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace-offerings of your fat beasts. 23 Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.
Mat. 15: 7 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, 8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoreth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
18: 3 Verily, I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 23: 25 Wo unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites ! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. 26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may
be clean also.
Jn. 3: 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 5 Except a man be born of water, and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of
Preceded by Conviction - A Radical Change - Nature of.
God. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
Heb. 11: 6 Without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
[See 165, 546, 688-9.]
Ac. 2: 37 When they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
Rom. 7: 9 I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. 10 And the commandment which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. 11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me. [See 356.] 591. Regeneration, a radical change.
Ezk. 36: 26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you.
Rom. 2: 28 He not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: 29 But he is a Jew which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.
2 Cor. 5:17 If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature : old things are passed away ; behold, all things are become
Gal. 5: 24 They that are Christ's have crucified the flesh, with the affections and lusts. -6: 15 In Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. [See 645.] 592. Regeneration a moral or spiritual change.
Jn. 3: 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit, is spirit.
Gal. 5: 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith.
Ep. 4: 22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts : 23 And be renewed in the spirit of
mind. 1 Jn. 4: 7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. [See 329, 600.]
Alarming to Sinners — Creative Power in.
593. Regeneration alarming to sinners.
Ps. 40: 3 He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.
Ac. 2: 41 Then they that gladly received his word, were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 And fear came upon every soul.
594. Creative or omnipotent power exerted in regeneration and sancitification.
Dt. 30: 6 The LORD thy God will circumcise thy heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.
Ps. 51: 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Jer. 24: 7 I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God : for they shall return unto me with their whole heart. 31: 33 This shall be the cevenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Ezk. 11:19 I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh: 20 That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God. 36: 25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you,
shall be clean:from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. 26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do
Jn. 1: 12 As many as received him, to them gave
power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Rom. 9: 15 He saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. 16 So then, it is not of him that willeth,