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Amazing Grace!
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by Robert Surgenor

The story of John Newton, a wicked slave ship captain and his conversion to Christ. The 'amazing grace' which saved John Newton is discussed and its necessity and sufficiency for salvation.

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HE ONCE WAS AN INFIDEL, whose godly mother had died when he was only seven years of age. At the age of eleven, he left school and joined his father’s ship to begin life as a seaman. Plunging into debauchery, he became exceedingly rebellious. After serving on several ships and working on the islands and mainland of the West African coast collecting slaves for sale to visiting traders, wicked John Newton became captain of his own slave ship. Such was his vicious way of life, that he captured, sold and transported black slaves to the West Indies and America.On March 10, 1748, while he was sailing to England from Africa, a tremendous storm arose and it appeared that all would be lost. Newton was so terrified that he began to read a book titled, “Imitation of Christ”. Through this book, God sowed the seeds of conviction in his wicked heart, causing repentance and bringing about his eventual acceptance of Christ as his personal Saviour. Shortly thereafter, Newton ceased his role as a slave ship captain and became an effective crusader against slavery. Influenced by the Wesleys, he also commenced a preaching ministry of his own and for fifteen years told of the saving grace of God in his own life. Wherever he preached, large crowds gathered to hear the “Old Converted Sea Captain.” On one occasion while preaching he shouted out, “My memory is nearly gone, but remember two things: That I am a great sinner and that Christ is a great Saviour.” Finally the day came when the old “Sea Captain” left the shores of earth to set foot on the celestial shores of heaven, to be with Christ. He was 84. In a small cemetery in Olney, England, stands a tombstone with the following inscription:

“John Newton, clerk, once an infidel and libertine, a servant of slavers in Africa, was, by the rich mercy of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, preserved, restored, pardoned, and appointed to preach the Faith he had long laboured to destroy.”
You – Noah and Paul
You may never have been as wicked as John Newton, but I wonder, my friend, if you have ever experienced the grace of God in salvation as he did? What is the grace of God? It is the unmerited favour of God bestowed upon men, thus enabling them to obtain salvation even though they don’t deserve it. When God’s judgment was about to fall upon the world of the ungodly in Noah’s day, “Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord” (Genesis 6v8). Thus, when the flood came, he was sheltered in the ark and saved — not through his own good works, but through God’s grace. The apostle Paul in his unconverted days was “a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious” (I Timothy 1v13). However, God cleansed him from all his sins, called him to “preach Christ” and saved him for heaven. Was it because of anything good in Paul? Not at all — he was chief of sinners! Paul explains how it all came about in these lovely words, “By the grace of God I am what I am” (I Corinthians 15v10). It was all of God, just as Noah experienced. You see my friend, God’s ways regarding salvation never change — it is all by His grace!
The Threefold Grace of CHRIST
To accomplish our salvation, we see grace associated with our Saviour in His coming to earth, His ministry here, and His death for us on the cross.
(1) It was grace on His part to leave the riches of heaven to come to the poverty of earth. “Ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye through His poverty might be rich” (2 Corinthians 8v9). Thus God the eternal Son became a Man so that He could die for our sins to put them away. Wondrous grace!
(2) As John beheld Him in perfect manhood, he was constrained to say, “The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,... full of grace and truth” (John 1v14). In grace, He manifested love to mankind.
(3) Finally, at the end of His fragrant pathway here, He by the grace of God tasted death for every man (Hebrews 2v9). He took the guilty sinner’s place, by dying in his stead. I’m glad that He bore the punishment of my sins, so that I will never have to bear them in the lake of fire (Revelation 20v12-15). What a miracle of grace!
It grieves me when I see poor souls deceived, thinking that salvation comes through efforts of their own. Are you in that sad category? If I wish to find the way of forgiveness and salvation, I must come to the One who cleanses and forgives. That makes sense, doesn’t it? No matter how high a person may be in ecclesiastical circles, if he contradicts God regarding the way of salvation, he has to be wrong. God is always right. Men who preach and disagree with God only “frustrate the grace of God” (Galatians 2v21). The apostles preached “the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20v24), not a gospel of “good works.” Would you like to be perfectly accepted before God as much as Christ Himself? You can be, and all through His grace! God says, “His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the Beloved. In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Ephesians 1v6,7) “And if by grace, then is it no more of works.” “Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 11v6; 3v24).
John Newton wrote a beautiful hymn, “AMAZING GRACE.” Perhaps you have sung it, but can you sing it truthfully? Read the first two stanzas below and may God help you to see — “by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2v8).
“Amazing grace — how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind but now I see.
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed!”

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