“Amazing Grace”

Posted: July 19, 2018 in Songs

Most of us are familiar with the song entitled “Amazing Grace.” But not everyone knows much about the man who was responsible for writing it. His name was John Newton. He knew firsthand about God’s amazing grace. Do you know what God has done for you?

Tombstone. These words were written on his tombstone. “John Newton, clerk, once an infidel and Libertine, a servant of slaves in Africa, was, by the rich mercy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, preserved, restored, pardoned, and appointed to preach the faith he had so long labored to destroy.” What words would you like to have written on your tombstone?

Mother. Despite her fragile health, his godly mother devoted herself to nurturing her son’s soul from an early age. At her knee John memorized Bible verses and Christian hymns. Sadly, she died when he was about seven years of age.  

Early Years.  After his mother’s death he spent some time in a boarding school and then served in the British Navy where he fell deeper and deeper into sin. He deserted, but was captured and then flogged. He was so angry that he wanted to murder someone or commit suicide.

Transformation. On March 9, 1748, at age 23, John was jolted awake by a brutal storm at sea. He cried out to the Lord when he thought his life was about to come to an end. And God saved him by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day. Have you placed your faith in Christ yet? If not, why not now? Don’t boast about tomorrow (Proverbs 27:1; James 4:14).

Ministry. Then, through consistent study of God’s Word, spiritual growth began to take place in his life (2 Timothy 2:15, 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18). He eventually became one of the most powerful preachers in Britain, and became an adversary of slavery, in which he once participated. He was responsible for writing hundreds of hymns.

Message. With the message that forgiveness and redemption are possible regardless of sins committed and that the soul can be delivered from despair through the mercy of God, “Amazing Grace” has become one of the most recognizable songs in the English-speaking world. Do you think you’ve sinned so badly that you can’t be saved?  Or maybe you don’t think you need a Savior.  Don’t be deceived by the devil. We all need the Lord Jesus Christ to be our personal Savior since we’ve all sinned and come short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23).  If you’re still physically alive, there is hope for you.  Once you’re dead, all hope is gone.

Lesson. God is in the life saving and life changing business (Luke 19:10; John 1:29; Romans 12:1, 2). He can/will save anyone who comes by faith to the Lord Jesus Christ to be saved (Acts 16:31). His amazing grace and forgiveness are available to all mankind (Ephesians 1:7; 2:8, 9). We’re saved by grace. Once we’ve been saved, God wants us to live by faith under “grace principles” for our daily living (Romans 1:16, 17; Ephesians 3:2; Galatians 5:1-4; 2 Peter 3:18). See our “Dispensations Chart” on our website for more help.

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). If you have questions/comments, we can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If you’d like to receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” Join us for our Bible Studies on Facebook and Youtube. If you’re a true Christian, please share this with others who need to hear about God’s “Amazing Grace.”

Enjoy three renditions of this song as sung by –

Antrim Mennonite Choir https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di9HZMIcVCU

Wintley Phippshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNuQbJst4Lk

Il Divohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYMLMj-SibU

Some material for this article was adapted from:

The One Year Book Of HymnsTyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois, March 17

Then Sings My Soul by Robert Morgan, Thomas Nelson Publishers, p. 79

Amazing Grace: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazing_Grace

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