A. Provided Salvation
B. Presented Salvation
A. Negative Lessons
B. Positive Lessons
A. Glad Anticipation
B. Glorious Anticipation
There was a man named John Newton who was an English preacher in the 1700's. He preached many sermons, but probably you do not know of any of those sermons He also wrote several books, but probably if I named the titles of those books, you would not be familiar with them. But John Newton was also a hymn writer and along the way he wrote a hymn which goes like this, "Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now I'm found, was blind but now I see." It may well be that John Newton drew his inspiration for that great hymn from the very passage of scripture that we are going to study this morning.
To me, this is one of the most tremendous passages in all of the Word of God. In these five verses which I have read to you is a tremendous statement of the amazing grace of God. It's a great passage. It gives us the two appearings of Jesus. In verse 11, His first appearing. In verse 13, His second appearing. It gives us the beginning of the Christian life, grace. It gives us the end of the Christian life, glory. This passage also gives to us the three tenses of the Christian life. It gives us our past salvation. It gives us our present sanctification. It also gives us our future glorification.
But the thing, to me, which unlocks the door to these verses and gives us the meaning of this passage is the phrase in verse 11, the grace of God. John Newton called it the amazing grace of God. Now that phrase, the grace of God, just seems to wrap up for us the entire heart of God. Of all the phrases in the Bible I don't suppose there is any phrase that so uncovers and exposes to men the heart of a loving God as the phrase, the grace of God. It's more expansive than the love of God. You see, the grace of God is the love of God on display. The grace of God is the love of God flowing out to sinful men. The grace of God is the self-originating love of God which flows to the depths of men's need and does something for men in their need. No wonder John Newton said, amazing grace, how sweet the sound.
We are taught in these verses of Scriptures about the grace of God, and it is amazing because of the things which grace brings into our lives. When I was going off to meetings and our children were smaller, I had a habit of bringing them something back from wherever I would go. It might be a t-shirt, a toy or just some little something. They always knew when I went a way to a meeting, I would bring them something. So, when I would arrive big smiles would come on their faces and the question would always be, "What did you bring me?" I always brought something. The grace of God is an amazing thin ...
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