The Light of Every Man
In his book, In the Heavenlies, Dr. Harry Ironside tells the story of an attempted assassination of Queen Elizabeth I. The woman who sought to do so dressed as a male page and secreted herself in the queen's boudoir awaiting the convenient moment to stab the queen to death.
She did not realize that the queen's attendants would be very careful to search the rooms before Her Majesty was permitted to retire. They found the woman hidden among the gowns and brought her into the presence of the queen; taking from her the poignard she had hope to plant in the heart of the sovereign.
She realized that, humanly speaking, her case was hopeless. She threw herself down on her knees and pleaded and begged the queen as a woman to have compassion on her, a woman, and to show her grace.
Queen Elizabeth looked at her coldly and quietly said, "If I show you grace, what promise will you make for the future?" The woman looked up and said, "Grace that hath conditions, grace that is fettered by precautions, is not grace at all."
Queen Elizabeth caught it in a moment and said, "You are right. I pardon you of my grace." And they led her away, a free woman. History tells us that from that moment Queen Elizabeth had no more faithful, devoted servant than that woman who had intended to take her life.
That is exactly the way the grace of God works in the life of an individual--he or she becomes a faithful servant of God.
The greatest thing that ever happened to me was the day that I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior. Great things have flowed into my life because I have really been converted to the Lord. "But as man as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.
Once we have received Christ for the believer it means that once Christ truly saves a person there is no back tracking on his saving work. It is an eternal work. But the word also means "completely" o ...
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