Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Book Review: Sovereign Grace

Sovereign Grace Its Source, Its Nature, and Its Effects. Dwight Lyman Moody. 1891. 90 pages. [Source: Bought.]

In August, I reviewed D.L. Moody's Pleasure and Profit in Bible Study. I was impressed. I knew I would definitely be seeking out other Moody books to read. The one I chose next was his little book on grace. It is Sovereign Grace Its Source, Its Nature, and Its Effects. It may be a short book, but it is RICH theologically. Its depth may just surprise you. Moody can succinctly convey biblical truths to readers. Though this one was written so long ago--over a hundred years ago--it is just as relevant today as ever! Grace is one of those subjects that believers need to immerse themselves in--if not every day, close to it!!! We can never embrace grace too fully. 

I shared numerous quotes from this book earlier in the month. Here are some of my favorites:
For six thousand years, God has been trying to teach the world this great and glorious truth--that He wants to deal with man in love and in grace. It runs right through the Bible; all along you find this stream of grace flowing. The very last promise in the closing chapter of Revelation, like the first promise in Eden, is a promise of grace; "Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." So the whole revelation, and the whole history of man is encircled with grace, the free favor of God.
 Being justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ; by whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God" (Romans 5:1-2). There are three precious things here: peace for the past ; grace for the present; and glory for the future. There is no PEACE until we see the finished work of Jesus Christ - until we can look back- and see the Cross of Christ between us and our sins. When we see that Jesus was "the end of the law for righteousness" (Romans 10:4); that He "tasted death for every man" (Hebrews 2:9); that He "suffered the Just for the unjust" (1 Peter 3:18) - then comes peace. Then there is "the GRACE wherein we now stand." There is plenty of grace for us as we need it - day by day, and hour by hour.Then there is GLORY for the time to come. A great many people seem to forget that the best is before us. 
It has been well remarked: "Grace is glory militant; and glory is grace triumphant. Grace is glory begun; glory is grace made perfect. Grace is the first degree of glory: glory is the highest degree of grace.
A man once said that a good many of his congregation would be lost because they were too generous. He saw that the people looked rather surprised; so be said, "Perhaps you think I have made a mistake; and that I ought to have said you will be lost because you are not generous enough. That is not so; I meant just what I said. You give away too many sermons. You hear them, as it were, for other people." So there are a good many now hearing me who are listening for those behind them: they say the message is a very good one for neighbor so-and-so; and they pass it over their shoulders, till it gets clear out at the door. You laugh; but you know it is so. Listen! "Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation ; but is passed from death unto life" (John 5:24).
© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible

1 comment:

Joyful Reader said...

I will be adding Moody to my list for next year! Thanks for sharing!