“When GRACE becomes AMAZING!” (the God of all Grace)
(Part 2 of 3)
God is all of that in the moment we need Him most, that is Grace!
Of course, God is all of that all the time, yet many times we don’t seem to notice Him or pay attention to His grace until we are in our most desperate moments.
For John Newton, His journey to God didn’t happen overnight. His journey happened over and through many dangers, toils, and snares. A lot like us, the rough-around-the-edges English sailor, his moment came when he experienced the fear of realizing that he couldn’t sail his boat / steer his ship on his own anymore, that moment when the storm was so big he couldn’t save himself, let alone the other sailors around him.
For John Newton, that’s when grace became amazing!
Amazing Grace lyrics – part 1 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.
Through many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come;
‘Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far, And grace will lead me home.
Have you ever had that moment in life when you realized that all you needed was God? all you needed was the God’s amazing grace? Perhaps you haven’t had that John Newton moment yet in your own journey. Or, maybe you’ve had that moment many times. Either way, you can know this, that God has made all of Himself (grace) available to all of us.
The Bible says in Titus 2:11,14 “For the GRACE OF GOD that brings salvation has appeared to all men and women, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works”, and in the Gospel of John 1:1,14,16 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 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. And of His fullness we have all received, and GRACE FOR GRACE.”
Goodness gracious how amazing is that! God said that He Himself came down, and dwelt among us, to make His Grace available to all of us. That’s amazing. Jesus came to us FULL OF GRACE, ready to give us grace and more grace. And why did He do that? Because all of those desperate moments, and heartaches and heartbreaks, dangers, toils, and snares, temptations and trials that all of us go thru.
Because our life needs grace. We need grace, even to save ourself from ourself and our own sin. Salvation! Romans 3:23-26 “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, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” Romans 5:20b-21 “But where sin abounded, GRACE ABOUNDED MUCH MORE, so that as sin results in death, even so GRACE might result through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Firstly, grace brings us salvation, simply by faith! That’s amazing.
You see, Jesus came to bring us grace, not only to make grace appear, but to make grace abound to us.
Yes, as wretched as we are, as John Newtonish as we are, as lost as we are, as blind as we are, Jesus came to make grace available to us (“the hour I first believed”). Titus 3:4-7 “For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been JUSTIFIED BY HIS GRACE we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” Ephesians 2:4-9 “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (BY GRACE YOU HAVE BEEN SAVED), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the EXCEEDING RICHES OF HIS GRACE in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For BY GRACE YOU HAVE BEEN SAVED through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
Grace is a gift of God! Saving grace, amazing grace is totally a gift from God – fully and freely. And once we finally receive it, once we finally believe it (“that hour we first believe”), God shows us, just like John Newton, the exceeding riches of His grace, the sweet sound of His grace, the relief and peace of His grace.
Secondly, grace brings us strength! That’s amazing.
Again, you see, Jesus came to bring us grace, not only to make grace appear, but to make grace abound to us. Yes, as weak as we are, as John Newtonish as we are, as fearful as we are, as many temptations and trials that we face, Jesus came to make grace available to us (“grace my fears relieved” and “precious did that grace appear”). 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 “And He said to me, ‘MY GRACE IS
SUFFICIENT FOR YOU, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ 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.” Hebrews 4:14-16 “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the THRONE OF GRACE, that we may obtain mercy and find GRACE TO HELP in time of need.” 1 Peter 5:5b-10 “God resists the proud, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE (Proverbs 3:34-35). Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. May THE GOD OF ALL GRACE, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.”
Grace is the simultaneous collision of God’s salvation, love, mercy, truth, strength, comfort, hope, and peace into our life – the God of all grace.