Elder John P. Young
“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith
he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened
us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
time of the earliest baptism of an infant in 150 -200 A.D.,
to the most recent establishment of many other non-biblical
practices, even while claiming biblical orthodoxy. There
seems to be a constantly felt need, for something more than
Sovereign Grace alone, as the motive by which God in love,
quickens each of His elect, from a death in sin to life in
Christ; and to does so, without any action or condition
whatsoever required of the recipient of such grace.
men, over the centuries, have added many helps to the Grace
of God for eternal salvation: “Grace plus baptism, grace
plus belief, grace plus acceptance, grace plus spiritual
gifts, grace plus hearing or grace plus gospel
perseverance:” The only helps grace requires for it to be
effectual and sufficient, are the goodness, love and mercy
of a Sovereign God upon His chosen children.
child of God could only meditate upon the grace taught in
Ezekiel 16:6; and see themselves as blessed recipients of
the same grace, delivered there by the voice of God: They
could see the sweet promise of being saved by grace (plus
nothing); the work of God alone.