Pristine Grace

According to His Mercy
by John Gill
According to His Mercy

"Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;"  - Tit 3:5 

    The mercy of God is natural and essential to Him, but the actings and exercise of it, towards this or the other objects are sovereign and free, according to His will.  The effects of His mercy are many; He is rich and abundant in it and they are channeled in and flow forth through the blood and righteousness of Christ; this is the moving cause of salvation.  Mercy moved God to make a covenant with His Son, the blessings of which are the sure mercies of David, and in which God is merciful to the sins and unrighteousnesses of His people.  It is owing to the tender mercy of God that Christ, the Dayspring from on high, has visited the earth.  And the glory of mercy is very conspicuous in the redemption by Him.  The pardon of sin is according to the multitude of God’s tender mercies and regeneration springs from the abundance of it and even eternal life is the effect of it. Now according to this, God has “saved” His people.  Salvation is not only a thing determined and resolved upon in the mind of God, but is actually and completely accomplished by Jesus Christ and an application of it is made to the saints in effectual calling.