Dei Gratia

The following is from Phillip Johnson’s site:

~By Grace are Ye Saved~

T is by the grace of God that ungodly men are preserved from instant death. The sharp axe of justice would soon fell the barren tree if the interceding voice of Jesus did not cry, “Spare him yet a little.” Many sinners, when converted to God, have gratefully acknowledged that it was of the Lord’s mercy that they were not consumed. John Bunyan had three memorable escapes before his conversion, and mentions them in his “Grace Abounding” as illustrious instances of long-suffering mercy. Occasionally such deliverances are made the means of affecting the heart with tender emotions of love to God, and grief for having offended him. Should it not be so? Ought we not to account that the longsuffering of God is salvation? (2 Peter 3:15.) An officer during a battle was struck by a nearly spent ball near his waistcoat pocket, but he remained uninjured, for a piece of silver stopped the progress of the deadly missile. The coin was marked at the words DEI GRATIA (by the grace of God). This providential circumstance deeply impressed his mind, and led him to read a tract which a godly sister had given him when leaving home. God blessed the reading of the tract, and he became, through the rich grace of God, a believer in the Lord Jesus.
    Reader, are you unsaved? Have you experienced any noteworthy deliverances? Then adore and admire the free grace of God, and pray that it may lead you to repentance! Are you enquiring for the way of life? Remember the words DEI GRATIA, and never forget that by grace we are saved. Grace always pre-supposes unworthiness in its object. The province of grace ceases where merit begins: what a cheering word is this to those of you who have no worth, no merit, no goodness whatever! Crimes are forgiven, and follies are cured by our Redeemer out of mere free favour. The word grace has the same meaning as our common term gratis: Wickliffe’s prayer was, “Lord save me gratis” No works can purchase or procure salvation, but the heavenly Father giveth freely, and upbraideth not.
    Grace comes to us through faith in Jesus. Whosoever believeth on Him is not condemned. O, sinner, may God give thee grace to look to Jesus and live. Look now, for to-day is the accepted time!


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5 Responses to Dei Gratia

  1. Pearl says:

    He mentions Bunyan’s “Grace Abounding” – I loved that book. In fact, it’s worth visiting again. I think I will!

    Wonderful & encouraging post, Laura. Thanks.

  2. laura754 says:

    Hi Pearl, I have never read that book. I must check that one out!

  3. Pearl says:

    Whoa…I think you just entered a time warp, Laura! Did you note the time of your last comment?! It’s the same as Suze perpetual clock 😯 Now, if you tell me that you’re experiencing this day over and over again, every one else may think you’re a nut, but I’ll believe you. 😉

    Now, the book is really good. It’s his spiritual biography where you see the true, beating heart of the man. It was a great comfort to me several years ago.

  4. laura754 says:

    🙂 LOL
    I didn’t notice the time till you pointed it out!
    very funny coincidence!

    spiritual biography, that sounds interesting indeed.
    where did you get it? I could check around I guess.

  5. Pearl says:

    Oh yeah, it’s everywhere. If you can, get it used through Amazon. That’s the way to go, really.

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