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Grace

Grace tis a charming sound etc. Amazing Grace how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me!  etc.  "Amazing Grace" was written by John Newton to illustrate a sermon on New Year's Day of 1773.  Remembering his past he saw himself as a wretch not worthy of God’s salvation.

Now although we may not have sunk to the depths as he, yet it is true, that when in the light of God’s awesome holiness we find that we have the same words in our hearts and lips because we see our utter wretchedness before God.

It has always been this way no matter what standing the person has had in the world, before God the ground was level, they saw themselves as they really were, undone worthless wretches!
It was like this with Job,
I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself and repent in dust and ashes.

Isaiah,
Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips:

Peter,
Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.

Paul,
Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.

Many things can bring a person to fear death and see themselves, to a certain extent sinners, but nothing can ‘
out do’ the Holy Spirit’s revelation to the sinner, the sinners’ estate.  This is the only conviction that will drive a person to their knees before God. This is the type of conviction which is real!

In the 59 Revival, this was the Spirits way. An eye-witness relates that in early April in the town of Ballymena a remarkable prostration took place:

"A man, apparently about thirty years of age, suddenly fell upon his knees, and alarmed the entire neighbourhood by loud and desperate cries, expressive of the most appalling agony. His despairing shouts were such as might be expected from a man who felt himself suddenly attacked and sinking under the repeated and deadly stabs of an assassin.
People ran to the spot from all directions, expecting to find that an unfortunate sufferer had become the victim of some terrible accident. The man continued his cries for the space of about ten minutes, after which interval he became more composed; and, being in a very weak and agitated state, he was assisted by some friends to the house of a relative in Bridge Street. On passing down Linen Hall Street he was repeatedly heard to exclaim,
"Unclean! unclean!—Lord be merciful to me a sinner!" this was the cry in hundreds of homes and villages in and around Ballymena, so Great was the revelation of an Holy God and the sinners saw their terrible wretchedness.

So we also can say, "Amazing Grace how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me!"  
"How can it be that we should gain,
an interest in the Saviour’s blood?
Died He for me who caused His pain?
For me who Him to death pursued?  
How can it be that Thou my God should die for me?"


Grace!  Yes, it’s all of Grace!

If I was to ask you, what is grace? Would you know?
 Some would say it’s the favour of God not merited. True, but I don’t think that that definition does it justice.
Divine Grace is the sovereign saving favour of God. Given to those who cannot merit it and no payment is demanded.  Insufficient again, it’s more than that
!

"It’s the favour of God shown to those who ill-deserving, hell-deserving. It’s completely un-merited, unsought and is altogether not attracted by anything in that person upon whom it’s being bestowed. Grace can neither be bought, earned, nor won.

When a thing is said to be of Grace. We mean that the person has no claim upon it. It was in no wise due to him, it comes to him as pure charity, and at first, unasked and not desired."
A. W. Pink

Example:-

"Say a tramp came to your door and asked you for a cup of tea, you brought him in and sat him down and went to make him the tea and brought it to him. I suppose that would be gracious of you all right.

But it’s far from the grace of God. But let us suppose that while you were in the kitchen making the tea the tramp helped himself to a number of your possessions which were lying around, and when you came in with the tea, you saw that things were missing and accosted the man about the items and he admits and replaces the stolen objects.
Then rather than throwing him out for abusing your hospitality. You give him not only a cup of tea but a whopping good meal." (Unknown) That's coming more like Grace!

"But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound"
Rom 5:20
That’s God’s Grace to us.

Now it's because of this grace we have faith to believe in what Jesus Christ did for our salvation! For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Eph. 2:8
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