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)