Accepted in the Beloved

Ephesians 2:8 ‘For by grace are ye saved…’

This is one of the most wonderful texts in the Scripture. It is very similar to what Paul says in Romans 11:6: ‘And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.’ There is an irreconcilable difference between the two paths, and the two will never meet, for one arises from the unquenchable love of God, and the other arises from the self-conceit of the sinful heart.

The self-conceited sinner looks up and says, ‘Surely I can win this love.’ It is not yet humbled. Its pride is not yet crucified with Christ. It does not yet see the light of God’s glory in the face of Jesus Christ. It seeks relief from guilt, but it does not really believe that it shall find complete rest in Christ. How God longs to reveal this deep rest to the contrite sinner.

The wonderful truth that believers find in Christ is that mercy and truth have kissed each other, and that there is complete acceptance in the Beloved. The Good Shepherd has sought us out, and we have known His voice and believed His love. His perfect love casts out all fear, leads us beside the still waters, and makes us to lie down in green pastures. There are no greener pastures than this, and if I should try to seek them, I shall soon find vanity and vexation of spirit—for I am His, and He is mine.

O to lie forever here,
doubt and care and self resign,
While He whispers in my ear,
I am His, and He is mine.

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