Thursday, August 16th - Evening
Ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit. - Romans 8:23
— Morning & Evening, with Charles Spurgeon Devotionals
Present possession is declared. At this present moment we have the first fruits of the Spirit. We have repentance, that gem of the first water; faith, that priceless pearl; hope, the heavenly emerald; and love, the glorious ruby. We are already made "new creatures in Christ Jesus," by the effectual working of God the Holy Ghost. This is called the firstfruit because it comes first. As the wave-sheaf was the first of the harvest, so the spiritual life, and all the graces which adorn that life, are the first operations of the Spirit of God in our souls. The firstfruits were the pledge of the harvest. As soon as the Israelite had plucked the first handful of ripe ears, he looked forward with glad anticipation to the time when the wain should creak beneath the sheaves. So, brethren, when God gives us things which are pure, lovely, and of good report, as the work of the Holy Spirit, these are to us the prognostics of the coming glory. The firstfruits were always holy to the Lord, and our new nature, with all its powers, is a consecrated thing. The new life is not ours that we should ascribe its excellence to our own merit; it is Christ's image and creation, and is ordained for His glory. But the firstfruits were not the harvest, and the works of the Spirit in us at this moment are not the consummation—the perfection is yet to come. We must not boast that we have attained, and so reckon the wave-sheaf to be all the produce of the year: we must hunger and thirst after righteousness, and pant for the day of full redemption. Dear reader, this evening open your mouth wide, and God will fill it. Let the boon in present possession excite in you a sacred avarice for more grace. Groan within yourself for higher degrees of consecration, and your Lord will grant them to you, for He is able to do exceeding abundantly above what we ask or even think.
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Bible Verses about God’s Grace
Romans 6:14 (KJB) For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
1 Peter 1:15-16 (KJB) But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
Matthew 5:48 (KJB) Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
Hebrews 7:18-19 (KJB) For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof. For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.
Galatians 2:16 (KJB) Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
Galatians 3:2 (KJB) This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Galatians 3:24 (KJB) Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
Great Bible Verses about Grace
But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. –Galatians 5:18 (KJB)
Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: –Romans 3:24 (KJB)
For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. –John 1:17 (KJB)
I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. –Galatians 2:21 (KJB)
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men. –Titus 2:11 (KJB)
But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. –2 Peter 3:18 (KJB)