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The Riches of Divine Grace 

Lewis Sperry Chafer in his eight volume Systematic Theology lists thrity-three stupendous works of God which together comprise the salvation of the soul. Works that are wholly wrought by God, wrought instantaneously, simultaneously and being grounded totally on the merit of Christ Himself, they're eternal. In other words, they cannot be reversed or undone for they are wholly the work of God for those who are His in Christ (Col. 3:1-3).

It is important that every true believer be exposed to these Biblical truths that he/she might comprehend what has been done perfectly and graciously for them at the moment of faith in Christ Jesus. Below is the list of these works and their Scriptural references:

(1) In The Eternal Plan Of God

There are five terms that represent the sovereign purpose of God:
Foreknown (Rom. 8:29)
Predestination (Eph. 1:5)
Elect of God (1Thess. 1:4; 1Pet. 1:2; Rom. 8:33; Col. 3:12; Titus 1:1)
Chosen (Eph. 1:4)
Called (Heb. 1:4; 1Thess. 5:24)
(2) Redeemed (Rom. 3:24; Col. 1:14; Heb. 9:12; 1Pet. 1:18)
(3) Reconciled (Rom. 5:10; 2Cor. 5:18; Col. 1:22)
(4) Related To God Through Propitiation (1Jo. 2:2; 4:10>
(5) Forgiven All Trespasses (Col. 2:13; Eph. 1:7; 4:32;
(6) Conjoined To Christ (Rom. 6; Col. 2:12; 3:2-3)
(7) Free From The Law (Rom. 6:14; 7:2-6; 2Cor. 3:6-13; Gal. 5:18)
(8) Children Of God:
Born again (Jo. 1:12-13; 3:6; 1Pet. 1:23)
Regenerated (Titus 3:5>
Quickened (Eph. 2:1; cf. Col. 2:13)
Sons of God (2Cor. 6:18; Gal. 3:26; 2Jo. 3:2)
A new creation (2Cor. 5:17; Gal. 5:15)
(9) Adopted (Eph. 1:4-5)
(10) Acceptable To God By Jesus Christ: (Eph. 1:6; 1Pet. 2:5)
Made Righteous (2Cor. 5:21)
Sanctified Positionally (Jo. 17:19; Acts 20:32; 1Cor. 1:2)
Perfected Forever (Heb. 10:14)
Made Accepted In The Beloved (Eph. 1:6)
Made Meet, i.e., Qualified (Col. 1:12)
(11) Justified (Rom. 3:24,26; 4:5; 5:1)
(12) Made Nigh (Eph. 2:13)
(13) Delivered From The Power Of Darkness (Col. 1:13)
(14) Translated Into The Kingdom Of The Son (1Thess. 2:12)
(15) On The Rock, Christ Jesus (1Cor. 3:9-15)
(16) A Gift From God The Father To Christ (Jo. 17:2,6,9,11,12,24)
(17) Circumcised In Christ (Eph. 2:11; Col. 2:11)
(18) Pataker Of The Holy And Royal Priesthood (1Pet. 2:5,9)
(19) A Chosen Generation, A Holy Nation, A Peculiar People (1Pet. 2:9)
(20) Heavenly Citizens (Phil. 3:20; Heb. 12:22; 2Cor. 5:8)
(21) Of The Family And Household Of God (Eph. 2:19; Gal. 6:10)
(22) In The Fellowship Of The Saints (Eph. 2:19; Col. 1:4,12; 1Thess. 3:13
(23) A Heavenly Association:
Partners With Christ In Life (Col. 1:27; 1Jo. 5:11-12)
Partnership In Position (Col. 3:1; Eph. 2:6)
Partners With Christ In Service (1Cor. 15:57; Eph. 2:10)
Partners With Christ In Suffering (Phil. 1:29; 1Pet. 4:12-13)
Partners With Christ In Prayers (Jo. 14:12-14)
Partners With Christ In Betrothal (2Cor. 11:2; Eph. 5:25-27)
Partners In Expectation (Titus 2:13; Heb. 10:13)
(24) Having Access To God:
Access Into His Grace (Rom. 5:2)
Access Unto The Father (Eph. 2:18)
Access Is Reassuring (Heb. 4:16; 10:19-20)
(25) Within The Much More Care Of God: (Rom. 5:8-10)
Objects Of His Love (Jo. 3:16; Rom. 5:8; 1Jo. 3:16)
Objects Of His Grace:
Salvation (Eph. 3:2-9)
Safekeeping (Rom. 5:2)
Service (Jo. 17:18; Eph. 4:7)
Instruction (Titus 2:12-13)
Objects Of His Power (Eph. 1:19; Phil. 2:13)
Objects Of His Faithfulness (Heb. 13:5; Phil. 1:6; 1Thess. 5:24)
Objects Of His Peace (Jo. 14:27; Col. 3:15)
Objects Of His Consolation (2Thess. 2:16-17)
Objects Of His Intercession (Rom. 8:26,34; Heb. 7:25; 9:24)
(26) His Inheritance (Eph. 1:18; Rom. 8:30; Col. 3:4)
(27) The Inheritance Of The Saints (1Pet. 1:4; Eph. 1:14; Col. 3:24)
(28) Light In the Lord (Eph. 5:8; 1Jo. 1:7)
(29) Vitally United To The Father, The Son, And The Holy Spirit:
Believer Is In God The Father (1Thess. 1:1)
God The Father Is In The Believer (Eph. 4:6)
Believer Is In The Son (Rom. 8:1)
Son Is In The Believer (Jo. 14:20)
Believer Is In The Spirit (Rom. 8:9)
Spirit Is In The Believer (1Cor. 2:12)
Believer Is A Member In Christ's Body (1Cor. 12:13)
Believer Is To Christ As Branch Is To a Vine (Jo. 15:5)
Believer Is A Stone, Christ The Cornerstone (Eph. 2:19-22)
Believer a Sheep In Christ's Flock (Jo. 10:27-29)
Believer Part Of The Bride Of Christ (Eph. 5:25-27)
Believer Is A Priest; Christ Is The High Priest (1Pet. 2:5-9)
Believer A New Creation In Christ The Last Adam (2Cor. 5:17)
(30) Blessed With The Earnest Or First-Fruits Of The Spirit: (2Cor. 1:22)
Born Of The Spirit (Jo. 3:16)
Baptized By The Spirit (1Cor. 12:13)
Indwelt by the Spirit (Rom. 8:9; 1Jo. 2:27; 3:24; Ja. 4:5)
Sealed By The Spirit (2Cor. 1:22; Eph. 4:30)
Filled By The Spirit (Eph. 5:18)
(31) Glorified (Rom. 8:18; 8:30; Col. 3:4)
(32) Complete In Him (Col. 2:9-10)
(33) Possessing Every Spiritual Blessing (Eph. 1:3)

Chafer concludes with these important words:

"It would hardly be amiss to restate the truth that salvation is a work of God for man and not a work of man for God. It is what God's love prompts Him to do and not a mere act of pity which rescues creatures from their misery".

The Believer would do well to study Chafer's works in his eight volumes of Systematic Theology. We at the Biblicist believe that the study and teaching of Systematic Theology in the local church and many seminaries today has become a lost and forgotten discipline. And as a consequence the Body of Christ is ill-equipped for the work of service, the attaining of unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God to a mature man. That is, the failure to attain to the fulness of Christ. As a result, many remain "babes" in Christ, tossed here and there by waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming and, therefore, not growing up in all aspects into Him, who is the Head, even Christ (Eph. 4:11-16).

Presented by: Gary Nystrom

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