Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Throne of Grace

Horatius Bonar on Hebrews 4:16:

In this infinite fountain of the manifold grace of God, there is every needful provision for a saint during all his pilgrimage. There is something here for all times and seasons, for all states and circumstances, for all times and trials. We are unholy; iniquities prevail against us; the flesh lusteth against the spirit. But here is grace to enable us to be holy. we walk too much with the world, too little with God; our walk at the best is uneven, distant, changeful. Here is grace to enable us to walk with God, like Enoch,; to have our conversation in Heaven, even when dwelling on earth. Our souls cleave unto the dust; the things of earth engross and depress us. Here is grace to enable us to set our affections on things above, to live as those who are already seated with Christ in heavenly places, and from these look down upon the earth (Eph 2:6). We have daily infirmities, both of body and spirit, to struggle with. Here is grace to enable us to be strong in the midst of weakness, yea, to glory in our infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest in us (2 Cor. 12:9). We have a race to run. Here is grace to enable us to run it well - to run it with patience. ...Here, in short, is grace for everything, for every want, for every time - grace wherewith to live, grace wherewith to die. Why then should we be so poor so long as God is rich? Why should we be so weak so long as he is mighty? Why should we be empty so long as he s full? Why should any necessity or trial ever be to great for us, seeing we have him to undertake for us, and seeing we have grace like this to help us in time of need? Why should we ever either fear or doubt, seeing we have a fountain of free love like this to draw from continually? (From The Throne of Grace by Horatius Bonar.)

Why indeed?

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