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Sunday, June 03, 2007

A Higher Sentiment Than Gratitude Is Raised

Another Quote from Gracey's book, Sin and the Unfolding of Salvation.

"Not only is the Holy Spirit bestowed, but also the blessings of the Christian life - and chiefly those of which we have been speaking, pardon and justification - are given in such a way that they cannot but promote holiness and loyalty to God in Christ. Bestowed on one side through a godly sorrow, a repentance that needeth not to be repented of, a faith that purifies the heart; they are on the side of God connected inseparably and in every part with what Christ is or had done, or suffered for us. These gifts are so closely and intimately connected with the humiliation and the tremendous griefs of the Son of God, that it is no less an awe than a joy to be forgiven and restored. To be pardoned by an arbirary decision of the Divine Will would bespeak the clemency of God, and evoke our gratitude. To obtain release from sin and its consequences, by any means or in any manner, would be prized as an unspeakable boon by the sinner. But when pardon comes to him by way of the Cross a higher sentiment that gratitude is rasied. The sorrows of the Son of God invest pardon with a sacred preciousness; and every pang, and every tear, and every wound plead with the heart not to misuse what has been so dearly won, nor sin at the expense of such wondrous love, and such amazing grief. A pardon, perfumed with such memories, written with a pierced hand, and sealed with such precious blood, is not only life, but also holiness, and the inspiration of a new devotedness. 'Because we thus judge that is One died for all . . . . . that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him which died for them and rose again' (2 Corinthians 5:14,15)."
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