The Reign of Grace

Nothing could sum up better the blessings of being in Christ than the expression ‘the reign of grace’ [Rom 5:21]. For grace forgives sins through the cross, and bestows on the sinner both righteousness and eternal life. Grace satisfies the thirsty soul and fills the hungry with good things. Grace sanctifies sinners, shaping them into the image of Christ. Grace perseveres even with the recalcitrant, determining to complete what it has begun. And one day grace will destroy death and consummate the kingdom. So when we are convinced that ‘grace reigns’, we will remember that God’s throne is a ‘throne of grace’, and will come to it boldly to receive mercy and to find grace for every need. [Heb 4:16]

– John Stott, The Message of Romans (IVP, 1994) at 157-8 (emphasis added)

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November 1, 2013 · 3:50 am

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