Wednesday, August 23, 2006

What Only Can Be Free

On June 18, 1738 John Wesley preached "Salvation by Faith", # 5 of his Sermons. Read his opening paragraph:

"All the blessings which God hath bestowed upon man are of his mere grace, bounty, or favour; his free, undeserved favour; favour altogether undeserved; man having no claim to the least of his mercies. It was free grace that 'formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into him a living soul,' and stamped on that soul the image of God, and 'put all things under his feet.' The same free grace continues to us, at this day, life, and breath, and all things. For there is nothing we are, or have, or do, which can deserve the least thing at God’s hand. 'All our works, Thou, O God, hast wrought in us.' These, therefore, are so many more instances of free mercy: and whatever righteousness may be found in man, this is also the gift of God.

This thought comforts me. I would scare me to realize that I must earn good things from the Father's hands! I've heard it said that the best things in life are free.

Looking at the face of Christ convinces me that it is so.