by Ken Trivette

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Oh, To Grace How Great A Debtor (6 of 14)
Series: The Book of Ruth
Ken D. Trivette
Ruth 2:8-13

1. In Robert Robinson's great hymn, "Come Thou Fount," we find these words:

Oh to grace how great a debtor,
Daily I'm constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness like a fetter,
Bind my wandering soul to Thee:

2. The story of every believer's life is a story of grace. Whether it is fully comprehended or not on our part, each of us are to grace a great debtor. In each of our lives there is the story of saving grace, living grace, and dying grace. The commencement of the Christian life, the continuation of the Christian life, and the conclusion of the Christian life, is a story of grace.

3. I think of John Newton, the author of "Amazing Grace." Two or three years before Newton died, his sight was so dim that he was no longer able to read. A friend and brother in the ministry would have breakfast with him, and their custom was that he would read the Word of God. Newton would make a few remarks on the passage and then they would pray.

4. On one particular day they read the words of Paul, "By the grace of God I am what I am" (see I Cor.15:10). Newton was silent for the longest and finally he said, "I am not what I ought to be! How imperfect and deficient I am! I am not what I wish to be, although I abhor that which is evil and would cleave to that which is good! I am not what I hope to be, but soon I shall be out of mortality, and with it all sin and imperfection. 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: a slave to sin and Satan. I can heartily join with the Apostle and acknowledge that by the grace of God I am what I am.!"

5. Each of us must say, "I am what I am by the grace of God!" Each of us must say, "Oh, to grace how great a debtor!" Each of us must say with John Bradford, "There, but for the grace of God, goes John Bradford."

6. Someone has given us t ...

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