Through Him I can obtain eternal life; for He is the brightness of the Father's glory, and the express image of His Person: in whom dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. He deserves my highest esteem, and my warmest gratitude. Unto Him who loved me with an eternal love, and washed me in His own blood, unto Him be glory, dominion and power for ever and ever! For He has rescued my soul from hell. He plucked me as a brand from burning. He took me out of the miry clay, and out of a horrible pit. He set my feet upon a Rock, and established my goings, and put in my mouth a new song of praise, and glory to Him! Glory to Him for ever! Glory to God in the highest! Glory to God for ever and ever! Let the whole earth praise Him! Yea, let all the people praise HIM! — Christmas Evans (1766-1838).
The salvation of men is entirely of Divine grace. Grace is unmerited favor. Paul distinguishes between the reward of grace and the reward of debt. When good is conferred because it is due, it is not of grace. Whatever may be claimed on the score of justice cannot be regarded as unmerited favor. Justice gives to every man according to his works; and if salvation were of works, it could not be of grace. Paul has made this matter very plain: “To him that worketh, is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt … If by grace, then it is no more of works; otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace; otherwise work is no more work”—Rom. 4:4 and 11:6. — J. L. Dagg (1794-1884).
MERCY is that quality of God’s attitude towards man that keeps back from man the punishment which he actually deserves, while the GRACE of God gives to man those saving and preserving favors of God which he does not deserve. — Rolfe Barnard (1904-1969).
Of all joy, that is the sweetest that is mixed with mourning over Christ. O it is a goodly thing to be on our knees with Christ in our arms before God. — John Bunyan (1628-1688).
What think ye, Sirs? Did Naaman feel when he was cured of his leprosy? Did the woman feel virtue coming out of Jesus Christ when she touched the hem of His garment and was cured of her disease? So surely wilt thou feel, O sinner, when Jesus Christ dwells in thy heart. — George Whitefeld (1714-1770).