Grace + Grace

Grace is such a wonderful word to the believer.

When was the last time you spent some time reflecting on what it means to be the beneficiary of grace – undeserved grace from our glorious God?

“For from His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.” John 1:16 (ESV)

“Our ‘receivings’ by Christ are all summed up in this one word: grace; … even grace, so great a gift, so rich, so invaluable; we have received no less than grace; this is a gift to be spoken of with an emphasis. It is repeated, grace for grace; for to every stone in this building, as well as to the top stone, we must cry, ‘Grace, grace.’

It is the grace; the good will of God towards us, and the good work of God in us. God’s good will works the good work, and then the good work qualifies us for further tokens of His good will.

As the cistern receives water from the fullness of the fountain, the branches sap from the fullness of the root, and the air light from the fullness of the sun, so we receive grace from the fullness of Christ.

‘Grace for grace’ is abundance of grace, grace upon grace, one grace heaped upon another.”

~Matthew Henry, 1662-1714

“Grace is favor shown to people who don’t deserve any favor at all.”

~Martyn Lloyd-Jones, 1899-1981

Who We Are

It’s helpful to pause amidst the busyness of life to reflect on who we are in Christ Jesus. These thoughts from Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones serve as a helpful “tap on the shoulder” to remind us of this glorious life that we as believers have been called to.

“What is a Christian? Paul tells the Colossians that a Christian is a man who has been translated from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of God’s dear Son.

I no longer belong to the world. I belong to the kingdom of Christ, the kingdom of light, the kingdom of glory, the kingdom of God.

Here I am and the world has nothing to do with me. I am not of it. I am in this other kingdom.

Oh, I am still existing in this world, but I no longer belong to it. I have been translated. And my citizenship is now in heaven, from whence also we look for the Savior, and we know that we shall ever go on and be with the Lord.

He, by dying on the cross, separates me from the world, puts me into His own kingdom, introduces me to God, and makes me a child of God, and an heir of eternal bliss.”

~Martyn Lloyd-Jones, The Cross: God’s Way of Salvation


“He has delivered us  from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

~Colossians 1:13-14 (ESV)

The Next Step

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It’s not too difficult to find time to read God’s Word, but to go a step further and thoroughly think through what we’ve read is another story altogether.

Maybe we’re just too busy.

Yet, I hear the wisdom of an old friend who said that people usually find time to do the things that they really want to do.

May God give us a desire to take that next step and meditate on what God has revealed to us in the Bible.

In J.I. Packer’s classic, Knowing God, his definition of “meditation” serves as a enticing explanation of what it means to ponder the things of God.

“Meditation is the activity of calling to mind, and thinking over, and dwelling on, and applying to oneself, the various things that one knows about the works and ways and purposes and promises of God. It is an activity of holy thought, consciously performed in the presence of God, under the eye of God, by the help of God, as a means of communion with God.

Its purpose is to clear one’s mental and spiritual vision of God, and to let His truth make its full and proper impact on one’s mind and heart. It is a matter of talking to oneself about God and oneself; it is, indeed, often a matter of arguing with oneself, reasoning oneself out of moods of doubt and unbelief into a clear apprehension of God’s power and grace.

Its effect is ever to humble us, as we contemplate God’s greatness and glory and our own littleness and sinfulness, and to encourage and reassure us – ‘comfort’ us, in the old, strong, Bible sense of the word – as we contemplate the unsearchable riches of divine mercy displayed in the Lord Jesus Christ.”

~J.I. Packer, Knowing God


“And [Martha] had a sister called Mary, who sat at the the Lord’s feet and listened to His teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving.”

~Luke 10:39-40 (ESV)

Merry Chr-ysostom-istmas!

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The glorious gospel of Jesus Christ is of course the great backdrop to Christmas. Here’s a weighty definition of the gospel that I stumbled across from a saint of old.

“… a release from punishment; a remission of sins; the gift of righteousness; the endowment of sanctification; redemption from every evil; the adoption of sons; the inheritance of heaven; and a most endeared, intimate relation to the infinitely majestic Son of God.

All these divinely precious privileges are preached, presented, bestowed to the foolish, to the disobedient, to enemies.”

~John Chrysostom, 349-407

Much to be thankful for when we take time to reflect on what Christmas represents.

Chrysostom’s quote was paraphrased slightly because of the old language.

The God of the Bible

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The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that they may enter into Him, that they may delight in His Presence, may taste and know the inner sweetness of the very God Himself in the core and center of their hearts.

-A. W. Tozer from the preface of The Pursuit of God


Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight, declares the Lord.”

Jeremiah 9:23 & 24