‘You are under grace’ (Romans 6:14)
Christians are delivered from the law, and are dead to it; they are married to Christ, and are alive unto God as a God of love. The curse is removed, sin is atoned for, and we stand as high in the favour of God as we possibly can.
We should look upon ourselves as the favourites of God, His beloved children, whom He has reconciled to Himself by the death of His Son. Grace reigns over us, rules in us, provides for us, and will glorify us.
So why then should we fear? Of whom should we be afraid? Sin is pardoned. The law is magnified. Justice is satisfied. God is at peace with us; indeed, He delights in us.
The world is overcome for us, and even Satan shall be bruised under our feet shortly. What shall we say to these things? As God is for us, and with us, who shall injure, or prevail against us?
All things must work together for good; nothing shall be able to separate us from the love of God; we shall be more than conquerors through Him who loved us; and why? Because we are not under the law, but under grace. Because Jesus lives, we shall live also.
On Jesus only I depend,
He is my Father, God, and Friend,
My Prophet, King, and Priest;
Had I an angel’s holiness,
I’d cast aside that glorious dress,
And wrap me up in Christ.
THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)
‘Several of my members are just now affected by Hyper-Calvinism, and their usefulness is at an end. As a rule, this is generally the case. They give up the use of nearly all means to benefit others, and settle down in a purely selfish state. What mischief that system has done, and is doing! My heart is often pained to see the people affected by it.
I have just preached from Paul’s words, “Lest I should hinder the gospel of Christ.”’