Monday, November 2, 2015

The Golden Chain of Salvation

All the links of the golden chain of salvation are made up of free grace!

The people of God are . . .

Freely loved.
For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God: the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.  The Lord did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: But because the Lord loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the Lord brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.  Deuteronomy 7:6-8;

Freely chosen.
Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.  John 15:16
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:Ephesians 1:4

Freely accepted.
To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.  Ephesians 1:6

Freely adopted.
Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,  Ephesians 1:5
To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.   And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.Galatians 4:5-6

Freely reconciled.
And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;  To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.  Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.  2 Corinthians 5:18-20

Freely justified.
Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:  Romans 3:24

Freely saved.
Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)   And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:  That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:Ephesians 2:5-8

Free grace is the foundation of all spiritual and eternal  mercies. Free grace is the solid bottom and foundation  of all a Christian's comfort in this world. Were we to  measure the love of God to us by   our fruitfulness,  our holiness,  our humbleness,  our spiritualness,  our heavenly-mindedness, or our gracious behavior towards Him,  how would our hope and  our confidence be every moment staggered if not vanquished!

But all is of grace, of free grace! O sirs! it is free grace  which will strengthen you in all your duties, which will sweeten all your mercies, which will support you under all your changes, which will arm you against all temptations!

[Thomas Brooks]