Tozer on God’s Great Grace

“No one was ever saved other than by grace…Since mankind was banished from the eastward Garden, none has ever returned to the divine favor except through the sheer goodness of God.  And wherever grace found any man it was always by Jesus Christ.  Grace indeed came by Jesus Christ [John 1:17], but it did not wait for his birth in the manger or His death on the cross before it became operative.  Christ is the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world [Revelation 13:8].  The first man in human history to be reinstated in the fellowship of God came through faith in Christ.  In olden times men looked forward to Christ’s redeeming work; in later times they gaze back upon it [Hebrews 11:1-12:2], but always they came and they come by grace through faith [Ephesians 2:8].

We must keep in mind also that the grace of God is infinite and eternal.  As it had no beginning, so it can have no end, and being an attribute of God, it is as boundless as infinite.

Instead of straining to comprehend this as a theological truth, it would be better and simpler to compare God’s grace with our need.  We can never know the enormity of our sin, neither is it necessary that we should. What we can know is that “where sin abounded, grace did much more abound” [Romans 5:20].

To “abound” in sin: that is the worst and the most we could or can do.  The word abound defines the limit of our finite abilities; and although we feel our iniquities rise over us like a mountain, the mountain, nevertheless, has definable boundaries: it is so large, so high, it weighs only this certain amount and no more. But who shall define the limitless grace of God?  Its “much more” plunges our thoughts into infinitude and confounds them there.  All thanks be to God for grace abounding.

We who feel ourselves alienated from the fellowship of God can now raise our discouraged heads and look up.  Through the virtues of Christ’s atoning death the cause of our banishment has been removed.  We may return as the Prodigal returned, and be welcome [Luke 15:11-32].

A.W. Tozer (The Knowledge of the Holy, pp. 148-150)

Return, O wanderer, now return,
And seek thy Father’s face;
Those new desires which in thee burn
Were kindled by His grace.

Return, O wanderer, now return,
And wipe the falling tear:
Thy Father calls, – no longer mourn;
‘Tis love invites thee near.
-William Benco Collyer


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