GOD’S ELECT CANNOT FALL FROM GRACE!
“Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; YE ARE FALLEN FROM GRACE.” [Gal 5:4]
God’s Elect are taught by the Spirit that they CANNOT be ‘justified by the law’. For they know full well that by the law is only the knowledge of sin! [Rom 3:20] They like the Apostle delight in the law of God after the inward man: But they see another law in their members, warring against the law of their mind, and bringing them into captivity to the law of sin which is in their members. And their often cry is – “O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” [Rom 7:22-25]
And they know the answer too – “I thank God through Jesus Christ my Lord!” [Rom 7:25]
These Elect are the true circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and HAVE NO CONFIDENCE IN THE FLESH! [Phil 3:3] They have NOT trusted in themselves but in Christ Jesus for their salvation and have come to believe that HE is the both the Author and the Finisher of their faith! [Heb 12;2] And they are confident of this very thing, that HE which hath begun a good work in them WILL PERFORM IT until the Day of Jesus Christ!” [Phil 1:6] Hallelujah!
The ‘grace’ bestowed and continually given to God’s Elect is not a measly paltry handful of grace from a reluctant God but an ‘abundance of grace’ from a benevolent Father; and the righteousness which they possess is not a righteousness based on their own works but ‘the gift of God’ which is irrevocable! [Rom 11:29]
“For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive ABUNDANCE OF GRACE and of the GIFT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS shall reign in life by One, Jesus Christ!” [Romans 5:17]
Zerubbabel – a picture of Christ in the Old Testament has laid the foundation of His great temple made without hands with GRACE and He shall also bring in the headstone and finally crown it with that SAME GRACE!
“The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it . . . . and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying , GRACE, GRACE unto it. . . . for it is not by might, nor by power, but by My spirit, saith the Lord of hosts!” [Zech 4:6-9]
EXCERPT FROM J.K. POPHAM’S “IMPERISHABLE GRACE” –
“The Arminians conclude from this text (Gal 5:4), and other passages of Scripture, that grace is destructible, that a child of God may finally, eternally perish; but, if they considered the NATURE of grace for a moment, they would never again teach such an error, but would, with Dr. Gill, believe that the falling away my text speaks of is a falling away from, not the PRINCIPLE, but the PROFESSION of the doctrines of grace.
O what wonders love has done! The boundless grace of God is seen in the covenant of grace. Boston very truly observes that “as man’s ruin was originally owing to the breaking of the covenant of works, so his recovery, from the first to the last step thereof, is owing purely to the fulfilling (by a Surety) of the covenant of grace.” “I have made a covenant with My chosen.” The Lord says this shall not be like the first covenant, “which My covenant they brake, saith the Lord.” The blessed substance of this is: I will, they shall. “I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” “I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” “I will make them willing in the day of My power, and they shall not turn away from Me” (Ezk 37:27; Jer 3:19; 31:31-34).
Now these everlasting hills can never move. The promises of good in the first covenant depended upon the character of the person to whom they were made, but the promises of the second covenant all depend upon the Person making them. The goodness of the man interested in them cannot merit them, neither shall sin rob him of them, for they depend upon a divine shall and will, not upon the poor, fickle will of a creature. It is called the new and better covenant, established upon better promises. It contains in itself pardon for all the sins and iniquities of the election of grace, [Jer. 31:34]; it has a word for backsliders; and it says, “Mercy is built up forever” [Psa. 89:2].
The Lord has promised to put away, to forgive the sins of His people, and He is not a man that He should lie; He has given grace to His people in Christ Jesus before the world began and He is not the son of man that He should repent. His gifts are “without repentance.” He calls His people to His feet, and says they shall not depart from Him, and His callings as well as His gifts are without repentance. “He is in one mind, and who can turn Him? and what His soul desireth, even that He doeth.” “For whatsoever it pleased the Lord, that did He in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and in all deep places.”
“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” Poor dear child of God, what do you say to these things? To the precious doctrine of the eternal choice, the everlasting love, and the gracious determination of His will to save you, as you have at times been sweetly made to hope? What could you do if these things were taken away? “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?”
Fall from this grace? Why God must first cease to be; His Name, glory, and honour are all at stake, if I may so say, in this matter. Fall from this grace? God’s choice become reprobation? His love be turned into hatred, and His determination to save you cease to exist? Of all impossibilities these are the greatest, if there are any degrees in impossibilities.
God’s love is seen in, and manifested by, the gracious promises He has made to His poor doubting saints. “Fear not, little flock, it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” “And this is the will of Him that sent Me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” All His gracious words, His precious sayings, and even His reproofs, flow from the love of His heart. Is, then, this the grace from which the apostle says the Galatians would or could fall? Surely he would never so detract from the honour of that glorious Person who had been so revealed in him, and of whom he knew so much, the efficacy of whose righteousness, and the stability of whose covenant he had so written of throughout this epistle! No, no, the apostle had not so learned Christ. Nay, even to these same Galatians he writes, “I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded.”
Fall from that grace, lose all interest in that grace, which prompted the dear and blessed Redeemer to become Surety for His people, which made Him delight to do the will of God, though that will was, to Him, as Toplady says, “a will of suffering,” which was such a mighty flame it could not be quenched by all the waves and billows that rolled over it, which still burns, and which makes Him feel a deeper sympathy with His poor afflicted people, each one in his particular sorrows, than they can feel for one another, [Isa 31:9],– Fall from this grace? O, blessed be God, never, never! Poor tempest-tossed and not comforted, His blood could as soon lose its efficacy as you lose your interest in it.
If any one of His people could fall from grace, how should He see of the travail of His soul and be satisfied? [Isa 53:11]You may feel as if your hope and your strength had perished from the Lord; you may complain, as the psalmist did, “As for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me,” but the mighty God of Jacob, even Jesus, stands at the right hand of the poor to save him, and the light of Israel will again and again shine upon your soul, for it is not quenched. Blessed be God, even Jehovah Jesus, His grace is sufficient to bring every one of His many sons to glory, and when they are all there with Him, He will say, “Behold, here am I, and the children which God hath given Me.”
– J.K. Popham
He giveth more grace as our burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength as our labors increase;
To added afflictions He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials He multiplies peace.
When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.
His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,
His power has no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.