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EPHESIANS 3:8




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Jun 07, 1859
Preacher: Robert Hawker
Passage: Hebrews 11:4


The Dying Pillow

The Dying PillowRobert Hawker wrote... Observe, it is not said that the Lord found grace in Moses; but that Moses found grace in the Lord. Not any merit then, nor any foreseen merit hereafter, to be found in man; but grace found in the Lord, and from the pleasure of the Lord. And the more this wonderful subject is pondered, and studied by the Lord’s people under His teaching, the more palpable and clear will be the conclusion, that all God’s tendencies of grace, mercy, and peace, bestowed upon his people, wholly result from His own good pleasure which he taketh in them; and as the Scripture most blessedly expresseth it, all is according to the “good pleasure of His will, and according to His good pleasure, which he hath purposed in himself.”... (EPHESIANS 1:5-9)

...The faith of Abraham was God’s gift, and not the patriarch’s merit; hence, added nothing to the soul’s safety, no more than the weakest babe in Christ. For it is not what we feel but what Christ is; not our faith in holding him, but his grace in holding us. Very sweet are the words of our Lord to this effect—“Fear not, little flock; it is your heavenly Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Observe what a volume of comfort is contained in the bosom of this short verse; and how it corresponds to the leading feature of this discourse. The little ones of Christ’s fold are, for the most part, fearful ones; but their safety is not in themselves, but in the Lord: and it is their heavenly Father’s good pleasure to give them the kingdom, not from their deservings, but his gift; and not simply his will in doing it, but his good pleasure. And thus it runs up to the same fountain-head as from whence we began: “the Lord taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.” (PSALMS 149:4) 


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