The Amazing Grace of Salvation

"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!"

John Newton, 1779



God's Amazing Grace and Salvation

Millions of people are familiar with John Newton's hymn, Amazing Grace, yet many of the same people erroneously believe that they can earn their way into heaven by doing good works, or by association with a particular church. However, no matter how good we are, or imagine ourselves to be, we are all sinners that fall short of the Holiness of God. ( Romans 3:23 ) According to the Bible, even our good works are as "filthy rags" in the sight of the Holy God. (Isaiah 64:6) Only by faith in the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ can we be redeemed. Fortunately, God calls all whosoever will hear him to receive the gift of salvation. ( Isaiah 30:18, Revelation 3:20)

The following acrostic sums it up:

God's gift to me. (see Romans 6:23, John 4:10, Acts 8:20, Acts 11:17, Romans 5:15, 2 Corinthians 9:15, Ephesians 2:8-9, Ephesians 3:7)
Receive by faith. (see Romans 3:22, Romans 5:1-2, Galatians 2:16, Galatians 3:22)
Available to whosoever will receive it. (see Romans 10:13, John 3:16-18, 1 Timothy 2:4, 2 Peter 3:9, Revelation 22:17)
Comes only through Jesus Christ. (see John 1:17, John 14:6, Romans 3:21-26, Romans 5:21)
Extended throughout eternity. (see Romans 6:22-23, 1 Thessalonians 4:17)

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God's Riches At Christ's Expense