The Sovereign Grace Of God
Elder Jeff Winfrey, Pastor
Dawson Springs Primitive Baptist Church
101 East Walnut Street
Dawson Springs, KY 42408
We believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved. (Acts 15:11)
Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound. (Romans 5:20)
Not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace. (2 Timothy 1:9)
To the praise of the glory of his grace. (Ephesians 1:6)
ABOUT THE GOD OF SOVEREIGN GRACE
It is readily admitted that God is past our finding out. Yet, He has revealed much about Himself through His divine unveiling in the Holy Bible. We can learn much about who He is, about what He has done, about what He is doing, and about what He yet will do from the revelations within His inspired, infallible scriptures.
God has proclaimed Himself to be the One and only God. He is ultimately and totally perfect. Any change in Him would be a decreasing of His perfection. But this could never occur, because He is unchangeable. Moreover, He has declared that He is almighty and that none can hinder His intentions. Having all knowledge and all wisdom, His intentions are as perfect as He is. And we can rest assured that His perfect intentions will be brought to full completion by His divine guidance.
His glorious capability is affirmed by His creation. The wonders of the complexities of His creation continue to marvel the admiring creature that pauses to reflect upon creation’s magnificence. Furthermore, He continues to providentially maintain the intricate balances required to perpetuate His creation. Underneath everything are His everlasting arms of preservation and without His providence all would cease to be.
But the most glorious thing about God is His salvation by sovereign grace. May He be praised for this by His people.
SOVEREIGN GRACE IN SALVATION
Yes, no doubt, God’s crowning glory is the salvation of His people. Like any of His intentions His plan of salvation follows a perfectly established design. Even before the creation, the triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, entered into a covenant agreement concerning the salvation of God’s children. And the central figure in His predetermined arrangement of salvation is Jesus Christ. “Thou shalt call His name Jesus: for He shall save His people from their sins” was spoken by the angel prior to His birth.
If there was to be a salvation, Jesus would have to accomplish it for His people. Sin had such a profound and severe effect on humanity that man could not and would not save himself. It produced a separation between God and man of such magnitude that only God in His power could bridge the tremendous gap. The truth of the matter is that a carnal man has neither the will nor the desire to approach unto God. The idea of drawing near to God is the furthest thing from his mind. The will and desire of a human, apart from the influence and drawing of God, is of such a corrupted condition that, according to the scriptures, he will not come to God and cannot come to God. (John 5:40 and John 6:44) This fallen creature is not righteous and will not seek God. (Romans 3:10-12) As a matter of fact, Godly things will appear to him as foolishness and he cannot know and understand them. (1 Corinthians 2:14)
Well a person might say, “if a man cannot and will not come, then how can any be saved?” The answer is sovereign grace. God had a marvelous plan even before the creation of the world for the salvation of His people. The words His people are used because He in His sovereign grace chose or elected a particular people from sinful humanity. The scriptures declare that these people were chosen from every nation and family of the world and that the choosing was by grace and not because of any good seen in the people. God by grace predestinated these chosen people to be adopted into His family and to be conformed to the likeness of His Son Jesus Christ.
But in order to take them into His family and make them in His Son’s image, their sins must be taken from them. According to God’s design, the Savior Jesus Christ would accomplish that painful task by His death on the cross. God in His purity could not just ignore the sin. His perfect justice demanded that the sins be punished. Christ took the punishment for His people, and He took the sins from His people, and He gave His righteousness to His people.
In addition, God must by grace deal with the vile nature of each of His children. The carnal nature that could not come, and would not come, and did not desire God, must be brought to God by God. Although no unregenerate person can come to Him, God comes to each of His chosen people through the power of His Holy Spirit in the new birth. The new birth is a sovereign, gracious, God initiated, irresistible action whereby Jesus Christ breathes the Holy Spirit into one of His individual children.
That person from that moment has eternal life and from that moment he has Christ in him. He is now profoundly different. A moment before this work of grace he could not come to God; but God in His grace came to him. Before this glorious act of God upon him, he would not come to God; but, he is now one with God. It is such a life-altering event that the will, the nature, and even the manner of thinking are changed in the individual. What once seemed foolishness now seems desirable. What once seemed detestable now seems lovable. What once was furthest from the mind is now the center of attention. The one, who once would not and could not come, now shall come to God by the effectual drawing of God.
To God be all the glory for the salvation of His people. From start to finish He is responsible for the wisdom of the plan and the bringing to pass of the events necessary for the culmination of the plan. And He will complete what He has begun. All whom the Father gave to the Son before the beginning of the world will be eternally delivered to the Father by the power and work of the Son. None will be lost. Whom He predestinated to save, He will justify by the blood of Christ on the cross. Whom He predestinated to save, and justified by Jesus’ blood, He will call by the life giving voice of His Spirit. And whom He predestinated to save, and justified by the Son’s blood, and called by His Spirit, He will glorify and preserve in eternity forever.
All of salvation is of the Lord and all of salvation is of sovereign grace. Man passively receives what God mercifully and graciously gives. By grace ye are saved.