John Bunyan- Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners

John Bunyan (1628- 1688) is known more for his book- The Pilgrim’s Progress than for his book on the topic of grace which is discussed here- Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners. 

To quote from another of his other book- ‘Saved By Grace’…

…”The words thus understood admit us these few conclusions:

  • 1. That God, in saving of the sinner, hath no respect to the sinner’s goodness; hence it is said he is frankly forgiven, and freely justified (Luke 7:42; Rom 3:24).
  • 2. That God doth this to whom and when he pleases, because it is an act of his own good pleasure (Gal 1:15,16).
  • 3. This is the cause why great sinners are saved, for God pardoneth “according to the riches of his grace” (Eph 1:7).
  • 4. This is the true cause that some sinners are so amazed and confounded at the apprehension of their own salvation; his grace is unsearchable; and by unsearchable grace God oft puzzles and confounds our reason (Eze 16:62,63; Acts 9:6).
  • 5. This is the cause that sinners are so often recovered from their backslidings, healed of their wounds that they get by their falls, and helped again to rejoice in God’s mercy. Why, he will be gracious to whom he will be gracious, and he will have compassion on whom he will have compassion (Rom 9:15).

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