Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Advent Series ~ Day 5 ~ GRACE


For it is by grace you have been saved,
 through faith—
and this is not from yourselves,
 it is the gift of God. 
Ephesians 2:8

Have you ever wondered just what is so amazing about GRACE?  The hymn Amazing Grace is very popular.  Sometimes popular becomes common if we’re used to hearing it all the time.  The title of this hymn is just two simple common words. 

Websters 1828 dictionary states the definition of these words as follows:

AMAZING
Confounding with fear, surprise or wonder.
Very wonderful; exciting astonishment, or perplexity.

GRACE
Appropriately, the free unmerited love and favor of God, the spring and source of all the benefits men receive from him

If you put the two definitions together you have:
Very wonderful, free unmerited love and favor of God. The source of all the benefits men receive from him.

John Newton, the composer of the "Amazing Grace" hymn said:
Though I am not what I ought to be,
nor what I wish to be, nor yet what I hope to be,
I can truly say I am not what I once was . . . .
By the grace of God I am what I am!

Composed in the 1779, the hymn Amazing Grace is probably the most popular hymn in the English language.  John Newton was a slave trader before coming to know Jesus.  We are all sinners who have a choice to be saved by God’s GRACE, as Mr. Newton writes about below. Thanks for visiting and for following this series. I trust this series will be an encouragement to you. 



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3 comments:

Barbara said...

Your amplification of 'amazing' and 'grace' is very good. Thanks for this.

Vee said...

Wonderful the matchless grace of Jesus...

Susan LeFevre said...

Thanks so much, I needed this reminder today.