IT is easy to say that there is fulness of water in the ocean, fulness of wealth in the earth, and fulness of light in the sun, but can the richnessof this fulness be reckoned up ?
So there is fulness of salvation in the grace of God, but that fullness can only be realised in the ages of the ages.
In the above Scripture we see what might be termed seven steps into a full salvation.
Note this honest confession,“We ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.” (v.3).
Confession is the opening of the windows of the heart to the light of Heaven: it is an acknowledgment before God of our guilt and need of His mercy.
God is faithful and just to forgive every sincere confessor (I.Jh.1:9).
There is a double blessing promised and insured in (I.Jh.1:9), namely, justification and sanctification, forgiveness of sin, and cleansing from all our iniquity.
When God pardons sin, no sin is left unpardoned; the sea can as easily drown a thousand men as a single man;
God’s act of pardoning grace is free and full, “ If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.” (Jh.7:37). A Divine Revelation, “kindness and love of God our Saviour toward men appeared,” (v.4). God’s kindness and love, as revealed in Christ Jesus, is the greatest and most precious discovery any sinful man ever made (Jh.4:29 ) ”Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?”
To us is a fountain opened, where streams of mercy flow for all our sin and uncleanness.
When seen and trusted, constraining us to make this other confession: “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1.Jh.4: 9,10). ’
There is a complete justification for man, “Being justified by His grace” (v.7). As we have sinned against God, God alone can justify.
This He does by His own free, unmerited favour, through Jesus Christ.“
It is not by works, lest any man should boast” (Gal. 2:16).
When God justifies the believer in Jesus it is evidence that his forgiveness has been full and complete.
Charges of a very serious nature are brought against us by our Maker.
We are charged with violating the law of God; with a want of love to our Maker; with a corrupt, proud, carnal heart; with being entirely alienated from God by wicked works; in one word, with being entirely depraved.
This charge extends to all mankind; and to the entire life of every unrenewed man.
It is not a charge merely affecting the external conduct, not merely affecting the heart; it is a charge of entire alienation from God, a charge, in short, of total depravity.
We need a entire regeneration, “He saved us by the washing of regeneration” (v.5). Suppose it were possible to be justified from all sin, and yet not be changed in heart, or made a new creature.
How soon this justified one would be like the sow that was washed returning again to the mire. “Whom God justified, them He also glorified.” (Rom. 8:39).
Justification sets us right with God for further blessing. Regeneration makes us like God in character for holy service. It would not be a full salvation without being “born from above.”Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That
which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” (Jh.3:5,6). Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.”
A Daily Improvement is needed in our life. To meet this need there is “the renewing of theHoly Ghost which He shed on us abundantly” (v.5,6).
The Holy Spirit produces a change in our soul, making us a new man; that is, a man new, so far as religion is concerned–new in our views, feelings, desires, hopes, plans, and purposes.
We are so far different from what we was before, that it may be said we have entered into a new life.
Not that this change is at once, or at all, perfected in this world, so that none of the deposits of our old nature and original corruption remain:
Our Christian course is only a going on unto perfection, and not the arrival at it;
It is the abounding more and more, According to (I.Thes.4:1), and not a full attainment.
The guilt of our original corruption may be blotted out, and the punishment remitted; but the stain continues, and taints our best performances. (Ro. 7:24) “ O wretched man that I am!
But, the blood of Christ once shed did not wash it out; but the graces of the Spirit of God, repeated and continued, gradually diminish it.
This is the Divine remedy for spiritual staleness. “Be renewed in the spirit of your mind” (Eph. 4: 23).
Along life’s rough path there is much to tear and wear the energy of the soul, but the Holy Spirit can renew our freshness and fitness by His quickening influence “It is the Spirit that quickeneth. ”
Here the flesh profiteth nothing. (II.Cor.3:17) declares“Wherethe Spirit of the Lord is, there isliberty.” Our Lord said, “He that believeth on Me out of his inner man shall flow rivers of living water: this spake He of the Spirit” (Jh.7:37). “Believe and thou shalt see.
We have An Eternal Possession waiting for us, “Made heirs of the life of the ages” (v.7). OurHeavenly Father has such vast possessions that every child “born of God” becomes an heir-not merely of eternal existence, that is seen, without being “born again but of the abundant life that is in Jesus Christ, throughout all the coming ages.
The Gospel not only gave us the hope of an endless state of glory for our souls, but also of the resurrection and final glorification of our bodies; and we who are children of God are to be made heirs of his glory.
Thus we have fulness of mercy to begin with, fulness of grace to continue in, and at last fulness of life to glory in through all eternity. “He that hath the Son hath life”
In closing let us note (I.Jh.5:8) “And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
This is the record. The great truth to which the Spirit, the water, and the blood bear testimony. God hath given us eternal life, a right to endless glory, and a meetness for it.
This life is in Jesus Christ; it comes by and through him; he is its author and its purchaser; it is only in and through Jesus our Lord.
No other plan of salvation can be valid; God has provided none other, and in such a case a man’s conception must be vain. (1.Jh. 5:11). “He is able to save to the uttermost.”