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it is that saith unto thee, Give me to drink, thou wouldst have asked, and he would have given thee living water." So now Jesus, who is full of grace and truth, is both ready and willing to give grace to any and every sinner who is willing to receive grace from Him; and, as He exhorted the Jews to be lieve on Him, that they might have everlasting life, so He exhorts sinners now, and says, "He that believeth and is baptised shall be saved, and he that believeth not shall be damned.”
There is an “ABUNDANCE OF GRACE" then, and that grace is for sinners, for great sinners ; yea, for the greatest sinners, the vilest of human kind. It was first offered at Jerusalem. Here the market of free grace was opened, and the proclamation was made by inspired Apostles-“Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money, come ye, buy and eat; yea, come buy wine and milk, without money and without price." Here is the article, the grace that saves, sanctifies, and satisfies; and here is the price no money, that is, it is gratuitous-you may have it for nothing. It is free, absolutely free. Sinner, great sinner, miserable sinner, poverty-stricken sinner, here is grace for thee, on purpose for thee, and there is abundance of it too. Como then, come to Jesus, come without delay, Ho will give you grace and glory-grace now, and glory at the close of life. Let no one
doubt, for there is plenty; God calls it “ ABUNDANT GRACE.” Let no one fear, for all are welcome. God says, “Whosoever will may come and take freely." Here is grace to blot out your sins-grace to renew your heart-grace to disperse your doubtsgrace to strengthen you for conflict and duty
grace to save you fully, freely, and for ever. Come then, guilty as you are--hardhearted as you are-timid and fearful as you are-weak and wavering as you are lost and ruined as you are come to Jesus, and come just as you are, that you may obtain mercy, and find grace to help you in time of need. O sinner, would to God I could persuade you to come to this fulness of graceto come while the Lord waiteth to be graci. ous-to come and obtain mercy-to come and be saved by simple faith in Christ. “For by grace are ye saved, through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast.” If you perish, if you are lost for ever, (O fearful supposition !) but if you are at last sent away into everlasting punishment, it will not be because there is not grace enough in God to save you, or because Christ was not willing to save you, or because you had not heard of the abundance of grace there is to save sinners, or because you were not warned to flee from the wrath to come, or because you were not invited or exhorted to come to Jesus and be saved by His grace,
but simply because you obstinately refused
you would not. You chose death in the error of your way.
Tried Christian, there is “ ABUNDANCE OF GRACE” for you-grace to help you in time of need-grace to enable you to carry your cross after Jesus-grace to sanctify your trials and troubles-grace to enable you to glorify God in the fires. Hear and act upon the language of the Apostle, “Wherefore, we receiving a kingdom that cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear; for our God is a consuming fire." Feeble believer, there is “ABUNDANCE OF GRACE". for you. It is in Jesus, and in Jesus for you.' The little grace you have received has brought you out of the world, has led you to His cross, and has enabled you to trust your immortal interests in His hands. But your faith is weak, your fears are strong, your doubts are painful, your inward conflicts are severe, and you often think you shall be oba liged to give up all for lost. But hear what the Apostle James saith, “ He giveth more grace." He that gave you what you have will give you more. Fear not, for the grace of God is sufficient for you, and He will make His strength perfect in your weakness. He is able to do exceeding and abundantly above all that we can ask or think; yea, He is able to subdue all things unto himself, Look to Jesus, and He will save you. Yes,
He will save you from sin, from Satan, and from a deserved hell; He will save you now, and save you with an everlasting salvation ; and all of His grace, of His free, sovereign, and abundant grace.
There is an " ABUNDANCE OF GRACE” for all times. None of us know what is before us; but times and seasons will change. There are seasons of darkness as well as light-of conflict as well as peace of trial as well as triumph of sickness as well as health - and at last there is the hour of death. But there is that in grace which will suitus under all circumstances, and there is grace sufficient for us, whatever trials we may have to pass through. There is an “ABUNDANCE OF GRACE” for all places. Some live and die in their fatherland, some emigrate to a foreign clime, some of us are almost stationary, others are almost always travelling about; but wherever we may be situated, the God of grace is with us, the throne of grące is be. fore us, the promise of grace is in our hand, and there is “ ABUNDANCE OF GRACE" for us. Precious consideration this. Be where I may, be what I may, there is grace, abundance of grace, for me, I may be far from relations and friends, but I shall be near to my God. I may be far from the ordinances of religion, but the God of ordinances will be with me. I may be tossed on the billows of the mighty deep, but God who holdeth the waters in the hollow of His hand is my God still, and will give me strength equal to my day. I may be in poverty, or I may be bereaved of my beloved relatives and friends, the shadow of death may be thrown over my prospects, or I may be unexpectedly called upon to cross the Jordan ; but whatever happens, there is still an ABUNDANCE OF GRACE, and that grace is sufficient for me. I will not, therefore, look too much at my circumstances ; yea, I will not look so much at the grace that I have received as at the grace that is in Christ. Grace in me is a dropgrace in Christ an ocean. Grace in me may be exhausted, but grace in Christ never can be. O my soul, keep thine eye steadily fixed on the ocean of grace which is in the heart of Jesus, and seek to be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus, however weak in thyself, or whatever discouragements may lie in the way!
Graceless sinner, one word more with you before I lay down my pen, for my soul longs to be of use to you. You need salvation, and nothing can save you but grace. But grace can, for grace is omnipotent. Yes, grace can save you. That grace that is in Jesus can save you to-day. There are no insurmountable obstacles in the way of your salvation. No one can prevent you being saved but yourself. If you perish, it must be your own act and deed. "If you die the second death, you must be a suicide. God will say to you, when you appear before Him