We have been thinking about God’s grace a great deal lately as we work through Galatians on Sunday mornings, and especially as we approach Reformation Day. Earlier this year I read John Bunyan’s Saved by Grace, an extended meditation on Ephesians 2:5, “By grace you have been saved.” If you ever need a heart-warming reminder that our salvation is completely by the grace of our Triune God, you could not do much better than this treatise by Bunyan! Here in one of my very favorite quotes, Bunyan exalts the grace of God by contemplating the countless daily sins that must be pardoned by grace.
But see yet more grace. I will speak here of heart-wanderings, and of daily miscarriages – I mean, of these common infirmities that are incident of the best saints, and that attend them in their best performances; not that I intend, for I cannot, to mention them particularly, that would be a task impossible; but such there are, worldly thoughts, unclean thoughts, too low thoughts of God, of Christ, of the Spirit, words, ways, and ordinances of God, by which a Christain transgresses many times; may I not say, sometimes many hundred times a day; yea for aught I know, there are some saints, and them not long-lived either, that must receive, before they enter into life, millions of pardon from God for these; and every pardon is an act of grace, through the redemption that is in Christ’s blood.
(Works of John Bunyan, Vol I, 353)