Beloved of our Lord,
This "Life" is a grace-life. Freely bestowed in its
begetting, freely renewed in the constant quickening of the
The Shepherd is continually constraining us to lie down in the
green pastures of grace. We are forever trying to make headway in
a wilderness of law. This is the contrariety of the Spirit and the
flesh. To which do we hearken?
Somehow we cannot get the voice of that schoolmaster "Law" out of
our hearing. Although it was the relentlessness of law that drove
us right into the arms of the Atoning Christ because of the
revelation of our inbred lawlessness, we are still prone to
consider the way of the Lord as a Law-way rather than as a
Grace-way. Nevertheless, it is altogether a Grace-way, and to the
once initiated "Grace has a charming sound."
All the invitations of the Shepherd are not only in the language
but in the very tones of "grace." It is not merely the Words but
the "Voice" of the Shepherd that the sheep must recognise.
How often does His Spirit amplify the Gospel provisions with
"freely"? Yes, it is with freedom Christ hath made us
free, and we must abide in the freedom. He expects not a stiver
from the old man; all is freely given in the "new." It is "newness
of life " moment by moment to faith's call.
We urge God's redeemed not to listen to the voice of strangers,
the harsh condemnatory, or subtle doubt-suggesting voice of the
devil. Well is he called "the false accuser" - the accuser of the
brotherhood of the Christ.
Ye are not under law, but under grace, the mantle of the
Bridegroom. Rest, and rejoice! This is our state. A perfect
salvation procured and secured in a Saviour-God! Who is he that
condemneth? Yes, who?
The curse has been discharged. The Blood has been poured out and
carried through. Thus the Eternal Word is confirmed and the Spirit
now freely gives, continually gives, a Life that within itself
contains the anointing of a constraining Love.
Abiding in grace,