“By the grace of God I am what I am.” 1 Corinthians 15:10
Be this my motto, both as to my natural and spiritual life; how else could I have existed at all? Had not foreknowledge planned and wisdom contrived and power put every atom together and fixed my scene of action, I would have never been here.
Nor is this God of grace less to be seen in every motion of my soul toward Him. Had not every spring been in Him, this table on which I lean would have felt as much bias toward Him as I. The first check of conscience, the first thrill of fear, the first view of guilt, the first tear of penitence, were all His own; the first drawings of the Spirit, the first sight of Christ, the first dawn of hope, were all His own; every succeeding step in the path of duty, every attainment in grace, every victory over the world and sin, every evidence and token of the safety of my everlasting state, and every sweet interval of communion I have had with Him were still all His own. And the last labor of love, the last act of faith and conquest over sin, death, and Hell, together with an admission into eternal glory, must and shall be all His own.
The foundation is the love of God; the superstructure is holiness, wrought by His Spirit; and the headstone shall be brought forth with shoutings, crying, “Grace, grace unto it!” And grace shall be crowned with everlasting glory. O the riches of God’s free and glorious grace!
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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