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“I will love them freely.”

Hosea 14:4

 

In grace everything is free! All that God does for and with man in grace is free; and all that man does for and with God is free. You cannot talk about grace and law in the same breath. The two are mutually exclusive. God’s grace toward us is free. And the grace of God in us causes us to serve him freely. Wherever you find grace, in God or in man, you will find it acting freely, without cause, without condition, without qualification, without constraint, without coercion!

      In every place, since the fall of Adam, where the word “freely” is used in the Word of God it has a direct connection with grace, either the grace of God operating toward us, or the grace of God operating in us.

 

Free Love

Hear God’s promise to all who return to him, to all who trust his dear Son. — “I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him.” In free love he chose us (Deuteronomy 7:7-9). In free love he redeemed us (Romans 5:8; 1 John 4:10). In free love he called us (Jeremiah 31:3; 1 John 3:1).

 

Free Justification

All who are saved by the grace of God are “justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:24). Justification is being made righteous by God. It involves blood redemption, forgiveness of all sin, and perfect righteousness, the very righteousness of God. The righteousness of God belongs to God’s elect from eternity by virtue of our eternal union with the Lord Jesus Christ. It is imparted to us in regeneration, when we are made “partakers of the divine nature.” And it is imputed to us consciously by faith in Christ.

      This justification is completely free. We are justified freely by God’s matchless grace! We are justified freely by the grace of God through the redemptive accomplishments of Christ. It is free to us, but, oh, what it cost our Savior! Justification is free to us; but it cost our Savior his life’s blood!

 

Free Salvation

 “I will give to him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.” — Christ gives salvation freely! And he invites you to take the salvation he gives freely (Revelations 21:6; 22:17). It is a gift, but a gift that must be taken. If you would have God’s salvation you must receive it from Christ (John 1:12-13). — “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

 

Come freely to the Throne of Grace, where mercy free abounds,

Mercy designed to meet your case. — So pray and spread your wounds.

 

Come, heavy heart, pour out your groans, your every burden bring

To Him Who loves to hear your groans. — Here love eternal springs!

 

This Spring of Living Water flows to thirsting, needy hearts.

In every time of need God knows what comforts to impart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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