Amazing  Grace

 

 

 

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” (Rom. 3:23-24)

 

 

What  is  Grace ?

 

 

Grace in Christianity means the undeserved favor of God in providing salvation for those deserving condemnation.

 

Jesus Christ gave this illustration in the parable of the prodigal son: 

 

“And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’  But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.  And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’  And they began to be merry.” (Lk. 15:21-24) 

 

 

 

Dispensation  of  the  Grace  of  God

 

 

“If indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you.” (Eph. 3:2)

 

The word “dispensation” refers to a system of administration.  God has two distinct ways of dealing with His people.  “For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”  (Jn. 1:17)  “For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under the law but under grace.  What then?  Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace?  Certainly not!” (Rom. 6:14-15)

 

 

 

Grace  is  given  through

 

the  Lord  Jesus  Christ

 

 

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (Jn. 1:14)

 

“And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.  For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.  (Jn. 1:16-17)

 

 

How  to  receive  the  Grace  of  God

 

 

1    Recognize  yourself  as  a  sinner

 

“And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, “God be merciful to me a sinner!”  I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; every one who exalts himself will be abased, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”  (Lk. 18:13-14)

 

2    Repentance

 

       “Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance.  For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing.  For godly sorrow produces repentance to salvation, not to be regretted but the sorrow of the world produces death.”  (2 Cor. 7:9-10)

 

 3  Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ

 

       “And he brought them out and said, ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’  So they said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”  (Acts 16:30-31)

 

       “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.”  (Ephesians 2:8)

 

4    Baptism  into  the  Lord  Jesus  Christ

 

       “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.” (Mk. 16:16)

 

5    Receive  the  Holy  Spirit

 

       “Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” (Acts 2:38-39)

 

 

What’s  so  amazing  about  Grace ?

 

 

The word amazing” means supernaturally wonderful.  It describes the Son of God.  “And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isa. 9:6)

 

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (Jn. 3:16-17)

 

 

Salvation  from  the  Lord

 

Jesus  Christ  is  Amazing

 

 

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.”  (Jn. 14:6)

 

“I am the door.  If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.”  (Jn. 10:9)

 

“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.  And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.  Do you believe this?”  (Jn. 11:25-26)

 

 

 

The  Love  of  the  Lord

 

Jesus  Christ  is  Amazing

 

 

Jesus said, "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down his life for his friends.  You are My friends if you do whatever I command you." (John 15:13-14)

 

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8 )

 

 

 

 

The  Death  of  the  Lord

 

Jesus  Christ  is  Amazing

 

 

"And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself."  This He said, signifying by what death He would die.” (John 12:32-33)

 

“For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.”  (Heb. 10:14)

 

 

The  Burial  of  the  Lord

 

Jesus  Christ  is  Amazing

 

 

“For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”  (Mt. 12:40)

 

“Then He shall confirm a covenant with many for one week, but in the middle of the week  He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering.” (Dan. 9:27) 

 

Jesus died in “the middle of the week” – Wednesday, and was buried in the evening (Mt. 27:57-60)

 

 

The  Resurrection  of  the 

 

Lord  Jesus  Christ  is  Amazing

 

 

“On the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.”  (Jn. 20:1) 

 

That was a Saturday evening.  Jesus was buried in the tomb exactly 3 days and 3 nights.

 

“But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.” (1 Cor. 15:20)

 

 

 

It’s  amazing Jesus  continues

 

to  forgive  us  our  sins

 

 

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  (1 Jn. 1:8-9)

 

“For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins.”  (Heb. 10:26)

 

 

 

Sufficiency  of  Grace  in  Time

 

of  Tribulation  is  Amazing

 

 

The apostle Paul had a thorn in the flesh – a messenger of Satan, and he prayed three times for healing, but the Lord said to him, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”  Paul wrote:  “Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Cor. 12:7-10)

 

 

 

“Amazing Grace  is  an

 

inspired  Christian  Hymn

 

 

John Newton reflected on his own conversion  to Christianity from a past sinful life when he wrote the hymn “Amazing Grace”.  He was the captain of a ship that transported slaves from Africa to the Americas.  He accepted Jesus Christ as Savior during a storm at sea, and many years later became a Christian minister in England.  Through his influence on William Wilberforce, a Member of Parliament, the slave trade was abolished throughout the British Empire on March 25, 1807. The release of the movie “Amazing Grace” on February 23, 2007 commemorates the 200th anniversary of the abolition of slavery.

 

 

 

Amazing  Facts  about  the

 

Hymn  “Amazing Grace”

 

 

·       John Newton first used the hymn “Amazing Grace” to illustrate his New Year’s sermon of “Faith and Grace” on January 1, 1773.

 

·       Over 3,200 different recordings of it exist today.  It is the most popular song in all of history; It appears on at least 1,100 albums worldwide.  In 1972 “Amazing Grace” became the Number 1 hit on the international charts and the best selling single of the year.

 

·       It was sung at the funerals of U.S. presidents and celebrities and is the song most sung at memorials in the days directly following the 9/11 attack on America.

 

·       On February 18, 2007 tens of thousands of Christians from more than 2,500 churches throughout the U.S.A. sang this hymn to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the abolition of slavery.

 

 

May  God  bless  you

 

 

A sermon based on this article was preached by Paul Wong

to a Congregation in Houston, Texas on March 17, 2007

 

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Paul Wong is a Christian minister and the President of ARK International.
His ministry also serves as an architectural service company in Houston.
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