We owe everything to grace!
(James Smith, "The Believer's Triumph" 1862)
Glory be to God, for making us, who were once
children of wrath—and consequently heirs of hell—
children of grace—and consequently heirs of heaven!
We owe everything to grace—free grace, sovereign grace!
Our heavenly Father requires us . . .
to believe Him without questioning,
to obey Him without objecting,
to follow Him without hesitating, and
to submit to Him without murmuring or complaining.
As God's chosen, adopted, and redeemed children
—filial love, filial confidence, and filial obedience,
should characterize our lives.
"For the grace of God that brings salvation has
appeared to all men. It teaches us to say 'No'
to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live
self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this
present age, while we wait for the blessed hope
—the glorious appearing of our great God and
Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to
redeem us from all wickedness, and to purify for
Himself a people that are His very own, eager
to do good works." Titus 2:11-14