I saw this quote on Facebook today and thought it was worth posting here. It comes from John Newton, author of the hymn, Amazing Grace, posted on Facebook by Monergism Books.
Monergism Books "We may describe the Gospel to be — A divine revelation in the person of Jesus Christ, discovering the misery of fallen man by sin, and the means of his complete recovery by the free grace of God, through faith, unto holiness and happiness." – John Newton, http://bit.ly/cEUaih
What a mind-blowing breakthrough it was in my life when I woke up to the realization that Grace removes every boast that I might make in myself. I cannot boast in my own goodness because I had none. I cannot boast in my righteousness because I had none. I cannot boast in my pure motives because I had none. I cannot boast in my godly inclinations because I had none. I cannot boast in my love for God because I had none. Before the Spirit of Jesus Christ breathed His life-giving, regenerating, new-birthing breath upon me, I was a dead, lifeless, sin-corrupted, evil-loving, God-hating soul lacking all these good things.
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, [5 ] even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—
(Ephesians 2:3-5 ESV)
“But God” gave me love for Him, His Son, His Gospel. “But God” gave me godly, God-ward inclinations. “But God” gave me pure motives in my heart which now compete with my impure motives and propel me forward toward Christ-likeness in my daily struggle with sin. “But God” gave me righteousness, Christ’s righteousness credited, imputed, freely to my account through faith in Him. “But God” gave me His Spirit, living in me, producing good in me and growing good fruit in the soil of my heart. Whatever I have that is good, God has given to me in Christ Jesus. This is how I know that God is good: because Jesus has shown me God’s goodness by His grace to me, a sinner.
I love this Gospel. It’s amazing.