Thursday, January 06, 2011

My Chains are Gone

photo © kari mcgrath 2009

"One day as I was passing into the field...this sentence fell upon my soul. Thy righteousness is in heaven. And, methought, withal, I saw with the eyes of my soul Jesus Christ at God's right hand; there, I say, was my righteousness; so that wherever I was, or whatever I was doing, God could not say of me, he [lacks] my righteousness, for that was just before him. I also saw, moreover, that it was not my good frame of heart that made my righteousness better, nor yet my bad frame that made my righteousness worse, for my righteousness was Jesus Christ himself, 'The same yesterday, today, and forever.' Hebrews 13:8. Now did my chains fall off my legs indeed. I was loosed from any afflictions and irons...Now went I also home rejoicing for the grace and love of God."

John Bunyan, Grace Abounding, p. 59

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