Romans 8:9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. (NKJ)

2 Corinthians 1:21 Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, (NKJ)

Galatians 4:6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, "Abba, Father!" (NKJ)

1 John 2:27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him. (NKJ)

1 John 3:24 Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us. (NKJ)

(4) The believer is sealed by the Spirit, which is the work of God and the Holy Spirit by which the children of God are made secure unto the day of redemption.

2 Corinthians 1:22 who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. (NKJ)

Ephesians 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. (NKJ)

(5) The believer my be filled with the Spirit, which ministry of the Spirit releases His power and effectiveness in the heart in which He dwells.

Ephesians 5:18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, (NKJ)

Ephesians 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; (KJV)

Ephesians 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. (NIV)

Ephesians 5:18 And be not drunken with wine, wherein is riot, but be filled with the Spirit; (ASV)

The Spirits work in and through the Christian results in both positions and possessions that are themselves marvelous realities of the riches of divine grace, and all of these together form but a foretaste of the glory which is assured in heaven.


That God has determined, though it is yet future, is properly looked upon as sufficiently certain to be considered a present achievement. He is the One:

Romans 4:17 (as it is written, "I have made you a father of many nations") in the presence of Him whom he believed-- God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; (NKJ)

Romans 4:17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. (KJV)

Awaiting the child of God is a surpassing heavenly glory - even partaking of the infinite glory which belongs to the Godhead. Of this fact it is written:

Romans 8:18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. (NKJ)

Colossians 3:4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. (NKJ)

It is not to be concluded that there is a present and a future glory which are unrelated. The present glory is the divine reckoning of the future glory to be even a present reality. No passage more clearly asserts this fact than Romans 8:30, which states:

Romans 8:30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. (NKJ)

To be a glorified saint is a position in divine grace of immeasurable riches and, in the certainty of the divine purpose, it becomes a possession.


This, with the theme which follows, serves as a conclusion of that which has gone before in this attempt to record the riches of divine grace; yet these are specific disclosures of all that enters into the exceeding grace of God. What may be included in the word "complete" when the Apostle Paul says:

Colossians 2:9-10 9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; 10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. (NKJ)

is beyond the range of human understanding. No careless use of the terms will be discovered in any Scripture, and this passage presents the voice of the Holy Spirit declaring that, to the degree by which God values things and according to those standards which God employs, the child of God is complete; but so great a transformation is due to the all-determining fact that he is in Christ. The truth is thus once more presented that, because of his vital union with Christ, the believer partakes of all that Christ is. The Father finds infinite delight in the Son, nor can He find delight in that which is less than the perfection of the Son. While men may ever be before the Father as the creatures of His hand, those who are saved are, even now, perfected in His sight by and through their vital relation to the Son. Thus a principle is introduced which is far removed from human custom or practice and, naturally, beyond human understanding, but not beyond the range of human acceptance or belief, since it is declared in the Word of God. To be complete in Christ is a glorious reality and is a portion of that grace which is extended to all who believe.


No text of Scripture more perfectly accounts for all the riches of grace than Ephesians 1:3, which reads:
Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, (NKJ)

All the riches of grace tabulated in the thirty-two points made before are to be included in this sweeping term - "all spiritual blessings." These are again and finally declared to be realized on the basis of the believer's relation to Christ. Thus all positions and possessions which together measure the riches of divine grace are traced to the believer's place in Christ. These are accorded the one who believes on Christ to the saving of his soul.


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. To realize the satisfaction of His love God has been willing to remove by an infinite sacrifice the otherwise insuperable hindrance which sin has imposed; He is, likewise, overcoming the wicked opposition to His grace which the fallen human will presents by inclining His elect ones to exercise saving faith in Christ. When the way is thus clear, God is free to do all that infinite love dictates. Nothing short of transformations which are infinite will satisfy infinite love. An inadequate record of these riches of grace which together represent the infinity of saving grace has been submitted; but it still remains true that "the half has never been told." The student who is ambitious to be accurate in gospel preaching will not only observe but ever contend for the truth that all these riches are purely a work of God, and that to secure them the individual could do no more than to receive at the hand of God what He is free to give in and through Christ Jesus. Those who believe on Christ in the sense that they receive Him (John 1:12) as their Savior enter instantly into all that divine love provides.

John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: (NKJ)

These thirty-three positions and possessions are not bestowed in succession, but simultaneously. They do not require a period of time for their execution; but are wrought instantaneously. They measure the present difference which obtains between one who is saved and one who is not saved.