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Salvation by Grace Not Hostile to Good Works.

Salvation by Grace Not Hostile to Good Works.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. CHARLES SIMEON, M. A.



Eph. ii. 8 — 10. By grace are ye saved through faith ; and
that not of yourselves : it is the gift of God : Jiot of works,
lest any man should boast. For loe are his ivorkmanship,
created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath
before ordained that we should tvalk in them,
BY REV. CHARLES SIMEON, M. A.



Eph. ii. 8 — 10. By grace are ye saved through faith ; and
that not of yourselves : it is the gift of God : Jiot of works,
lest any man should boast. For loe are his ivorkmanship,
created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath
before ordained that we should tvalk in them,

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SALVATIO BY GRACE OT HOSTILE TO GOOD WORKS.BY REV. CHARLES SIMEO, M. A.Eph. ii. 8 — 10. By grace are ye saved through faith ; andthat not of yourselves : it is the gift of God : Jiot of works,lest any man should boast. For loe are his ivorkmanship,created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hathbefore ordained that we should tvalk in them,ALL God's works, of whatever kind they be, aredesigned to praise him. His works of creation pro-claim his wisdom and his power : his works of provi-dence display his goodness : his works of redemptionmagnify his grace. It is of these last that the Apostleis speaking in the preceding context, even of all thatGod has done for us in the Son of his love ; and hedeclares that it was all done, " that in the ages tocome he might shew the exceeding riches of hisgrace, in his kindness towards us through ChristJesus." The Gospel is too rarely viewed in thislight : it is by many scarcely distinguished from thelaw ; being considered rather as a code of laws en-forced with penalties, than as an exhibition of merciesconfirmed with promises. But it is as an exhibitionof mercy only that we ought to view it ; precisely asit is set forth in the words before us : from which weshall take occasion to shew,L That salvation is altogether of grace — By '' salvation" I understand the whole work of grace, whether as revealed in the word, or as expe-rienced in the soul : and it is altogether of grace :L It is so — [Trace it to its first origin, when the plan of it was fixed
 
in the council of peace between the Father and the Son^:Who devised it? who merited it? who desii-ed it? It was thefruit of God's sovereign grace, and of grace alone. Trace itin all its parts; — the gift of God's only-begotten Son to beour surety and our substitute ; the acceptance of his vicarioussacrifice in our behalf; and the revelation of that mystery ina Zech. vi. KJ.298 EPHESIAS, 11. 8—10. [2099.the written word : who will arrogate to himself the honour of haying acquired these, or of having contributed to the acqui-sition of them in the smallest degree ?It may be thought perhaps, that, because an interest inthese things is obtained by faith, we may claim some honouron account of the faith which apprehends them ; which, beingexercised by us, may be considered in some respects as givingus - a ground of glorying before God. But this also is thegift of God, no less than the plan of salvation itself: it is notin any man by nature ; nor is it to be wrought in man by anyhuman power : it is not the effect of reasoning : for then theacutest reason ers would be the strongest believers ; which isfrequently far from being the case : it is solely the gift of God :and hence they who have believed, are said to " have believedthrough grace ^." It is expressly said to be given us'' : andwhen Peter declared his faith in Jesus as the true Messiah,Jesus said to him, *' Flesh and blood had not revealed thistruth unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven." This isthe true reason why many believed the testimony of Christand his Apostles, whilst others were hardened in unbelief:those " whose hearts God opened," as he did Lydia's, receivedthe truth ; whilst all others treated the word, either with openscorn, or secret indifference.]2. It must be so — 
 
[Salvation must either be of grace or of works : the twocannot be mixed together, or reconciled with each other : if it be of works in any degree, it is no more of grace '^; and inwhatever degree it is of works, it so far affords us an occasionof boasting ; seeing that it is then a debt paid, and not a giftbestowed ^To avoid this conclusion, some will say, that salvation maybe of works, and still be also of grace; because the worksbeing wrought in us by God, he is entitled to all the glory of them. But, granting that they are wrought in us by God,yet, inasmuch as they are our works, they afford us a groundof glorying : and, to say that they do not afford us a groundof glorying, is directly to contradict the Apostle in our text,where he says, " It is not of works, lest any man shouldboast." The same Apostle elsewhere says, "It is of faith,that it may be by grace ^:" from both which passages it isevident, that, if it be of works, from whatever source thoseworks proceed, it can no longer be by grace.But here it may be asked, ' If works, notwithstanding theyare wrought in us by God, afford us a ground of glorying in^ Acts xviii. 27. <= phil. i. 29. ^ Rom. xi. 6.«= Rom. iv. 4. f Rom. iv. 16.2099.] ACCORDACE OF GRACE AD WORKS, 299ourselves, does not faith afford us the same ground of glorying?'I answer, o : for it is of the very nature of faith to renounceall hope in ourselves, and to found our hopes solely on themerits of another: it disclaims all glorying in self, and givesall the glory to Him from whom it derives its blessings. Inthis it differs essentially from every other work : other works,though wrought in us by God, bring a glory to ourselves;but this, of necessity, transfers to God all the glory resultingffom its exercise; and, consequently, neither does, nor can,

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