The Grace of Christ, or,
Sinners Saved by Unmerited Kindness

William S. Plumer, 1853

"We believe it is through the grace of our
 Lord Jesus that we are saved." Acts 15:11

The Conclusion.
An Offer of Life Made to the Perishing.


The end of ploughing and sowing is the harvest. The end of trial is reward. The end of this discussion should be salvation. Respected reader, will you not flee from the wrath to come, and lay hold on eternal life? Do you need assurance of a cordial reception from Christ? The Scriptures give it in every variety of form. They utter no uncertain sound. Listen to their voice.

By Moses God says: "Oh that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end." Deut. 32:29.

Moses was hardly dead when by Joshua, God called again: "Fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in truth." Josh. 24:14.

By that great prophet Elijah he expostulates thus: "How long will you halt between two opinions? If the Lord is God follow him, but if Baal, then follow him." 1 Kings 17:21.

By David he calls us saying: "Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in him." Psalm 2:12.

By David's son, Solomon, God again promises his love, saying: "Wisdom calls aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the public squares; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out, in the gateways of the city she makes her speech: "How long will you simple ones love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge? If you had responded to my rebuke, I would have poured out my heart to you and made my thoughts known to you." Proverbs 1:20-23.

By Isaiah, animated with the brightest hopes and the most cheering truths, he says: "Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David. Isaiah 55:1-3.

By the tenderhearted, weeping Jeremiah, God says: "I will yet plead with you, and with your children's children will I plead." "Will you not from this time cry unto me—My Father, you are the guide of my youth?" Jer. 2:9, and 3:4.

By the majestic and vehement Ezekiel, Jehovah swears: "As I live, says the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his wicked way and live; turn, turn from your evil ways; for why will you die, O house of Israel?" Ezek. 33:11.

By Hosea God lovingly says: "I will betroth you unto me forever; yes, I will betroth you unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in loving-kindness, and in mercies. I will even betroth you unto me in faithfulness. O Israel, you have destroyed yourself, but in me is your help." Hos. 2:19, 20, and 13:9.

By Zechariah God. proclaims his grace, saying, "Come back to the place of safety, all you prisoners, for there is yet hope! I promise this very day that I will repay you two mercies for each of your woes!" Zech. 9:12.

When Jesus Christ came he cried; "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light." Matthew 11:28-30, John 6:37, and 7:37.

And blessed Paul says, that "For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people's sins against them. This is the wonderful message he has given us to tell others. We are Christ's ambassadors, and God is using us to speak to you. We urge you, as though Christ himself were here pleading with you, "Be reconciled to God!" 2 Corinthians 5:19-20.

And as if all these forms of speech were not enough, our Lord after his ascension to heaven spoke words of the kindest invitation, which are recorded in the very last book of Scripture. Hear them: "Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." "I Jesus have sent my angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. The Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that hears say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whoever will, let him take the water of life freely." Rev. 3:20, 22, 16:17.

Indeed the whole tenor of the Savior's call is, "Repent and believe the gospel." Mark 1:15. "This is his commandment: That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ." 1 John 3:23. "He who believes on the Son has everlasting life: and he who believes not the Son, shall not see life; but the wrath of God abides on him." John 3:36. These divine sentences are presented in one unbroken connection that you may see how rich is the variety of forms, in which perishing sinners are called to light and life. They are commanded, invited, besought, warned, threatened, wooed by promises, allured by kindnesses, and pointed to the coming wrath—and all for the purpose of bringing them to Christ. There has been much said about the warrant for believing in Christ. But sinners need no warrant for their faith beyond what God's word has given.

Traill says: "This is the call of the gospel, he who dares trust Christ with his soul upon the warrant of the gospel shall be saved forever. The Lord tries people this way. We have no more to do but to take pen in hand, and say, Amen, O Lord: it is a good bargain and a true word, and I will trust my soul on it." No man requires any other authority than that of his Maker for doing anything. What was Abraham's authority for offering up Isaac? The command of God and nothing else. We have the same command for believing in the Lord Jesus. What warrant has any man for going to an entertainment? If he has the invitation of him, who makes the feast, that is enough. It is folly to seek any other. Well, God says, "Come, for all things are now ready." When a wife beseeches her husband not to herd with the worthless and drunken, can he be at any loss to know what conduct will please her? When a government connects the heaviest penalties with a course of behavior—do we need any other helps to know its will?

Now God has heaped offer upon offer. He has pledged his word before the universe. He has bound himself by his oath. He is the God of truth and cannot lie. Yes, he spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all. That Son has suffered all and done all that was necessary for our complete restoration; and the Spirit of Christ has gone forth calling men to repentance. Messengers, who themselves were once condemned and afterwards obtained mercy without any merit of their own, have been sent abroad all over the earth, and commanded to make an urgent and indiscriminate offer of grace to all the rebellious, who will throw down their weapons, and receive a pardon bought with blood.

Many millions of our race have sought and found salvation. Indeed from the days of our first parents to this hour, there has been a long line of sinners redeemed and saved by the blood of Jesus and the grace of God; Each one of these is a monument of the rich, free, saving mercy of Jehovah. Each one testifies how freely Jesus will forgive. Does any one wish to know how God will treat returning, penitent sinners? Let him behold the loving-kindness of the Lord to the thousands and ten thousands of his murderers in Jerusalem, who soon after his ascension to glory sought and obtained full pardon. Not one of all our race has ever been recovered from the ruins of the apostasy, who does not stand to tell how rich are the drops of atoning blood, how ample is the robe of Christ's righteousness, how kind is the Father of mercies, how loving is the Holy Spirit, how free and abundant is the grace of God. Authority for laying hold of salvation is found in every call, command and exhortation to turn and live. Come, come to Jesus Christ! Come all! Come now!

With John Brown of Whitburn we boldly say that "the vilest of men have, just the same right to Christ and his merits, as the best of men; a right founded not in their awakened desires, nor on anything in themselves, but purely, solely, entirely on the free grace of the Savior. We are all sinners, though in a greater or less degree; and we all flee to Christ, not as deserving, but as guilty creatures." The Lord justifies the ungodly, who believe in Jesus. O come to Christ before it is too late, lest like the Emperor Adrian when dying you should exclaim: 'O my poor wandering soul! alas! where are you going? where must you lodge this night? You shall never jest any more, never be merry any more."

Will you believe? Will you be saved by Jesus Christ? WILL YOU?

"May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen." Hebrews 13:20-21