A man's god
A sea of grace—or but a drop
(Thomas Brooks, "The
Crown and Glory of Christianity,
HOLINESS, the Only Way to Happiness", 1662)
"Those He predestined, He also called; and those
He called, He also justified; and those He justified,
He also glorified." Romans 8:30
God's love is equal to all His saints,
are rich or poor, high or low, slave or free; whether they
have a sea of grace—or but a drop
of grace. God's
love runs as much out to the weakest Christian, as it
does to the strongest; as much to a babe in grace as
to a giant in grace.
All saints are equally ELECTED. God never chose one
man to be a more vessel of glory than another;
weakest saint is as much elected as the strongest.
All saints are equally REDEEMED by Jesus Christ.
Christ bled as much for one saint as another, and
He sweat as much for one saint as another, and
He sighed and groaned as much for one saint as
another, and He trod the wine-press of His Father's
wrath as much for one saint as another. Christ paid
as great a price for His lambs—as for His sheep.
Christ paid as great a price for Lazarus in his
rags—as for David in his royal robes.
All saints are equally EFFECTUALLY CALLED.
One saint is as much called out of the kingdom
of darkness as another; and one saint is as much
called to Jesus Christ as another. In effectual
calling, God looks with as favorable an eye
upon one, as He does upon another.
All saints are equally JUSTIFIED. Though one
may be more sanctified than another—yet no saint
is more justified than another. The weakest believer
is as much justified and pardoned before the throne
of God as the strongest is. That pure, perfect,
matchless, and spotless righteousness of Christ,
is as much imputed to one saint as it is to another.
All saints are equally ADOPTED. The weakest
is as much an adopted son of God, as the strongest
believer in the world is. God is no more a father to
one than He is to another. In human families, the
babe in the mother's arms is as much a son—as he
who is of riper years.
Thus you see that God's love is equal to all His saints.