Thursday, January 1, 2015

The Power of Free Grace

"The object of the Gospel is both to pacify the sinner’s conscience , and to purify his heart; and it is of importance to observe, that what mars the one of these objects, mars the other also . The best way of casting out an impure affection is to admit a pure one; and by the love of what is good, to expel the love of what is evil. Thus it is, that the freer the Gospel, the more sanctifying is the Gospel; and the more it is received as a doctrine of grace, the the more will it be felt as a doctrine according to godliness. This is one of the secrets of the Christian life, that the more a man holds of God as a pensioner [that is, the more a person realizes how much he has freely received fromg God], the greater is the payment of service that he renders back again."

-- Thomas Chalmers, "The Expulsive Power of a New Affection"

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