Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now I'm found, was blind but now I see. John Newton 1725-1807
The famous hymn "Amazing Grace" was penned by John Newton as a result of his conversion to Christianity in the midst of a violent storm. The captain of a slave ship, Newton was a vile man, prone to profanity and mockery, but as his ship was about to be lost at sea, and a crew member was swept overboard, he cried out to God, "Lord have mercy upon us!"
Everyone is familiar with this great old hymn and I myself have heard it countless times, but the other day I heard a preacher mention grace and the Holy Spirit brought to my attention: "Amazing grace, how sweet the sound." I had never thought of grace being something that one could hear, but the Spirit brought back to my memory the words of grace that I heard the night of my conversion.
As I was planning a half million dollar drug deal one night to cure my financial ills, a man came to my house to tell me about Jesus. I admit the only words I remember him saying to me was, "Do you believe God will save you tonight?" I heard the sound of grace, and I dropped to my knees and asked the Lord to save me, and He did and I have never been the same. The very grace of the Living God came to a wretch like me in the midst of my sin and allowed me into His family.
Grace is much more than un-merited favor as many believe, grace is that which allows sinful man back into God's presence from where he has fallen, no matter how far away or how deep he has fallen, grace opens the door to God's heart. Grace means the same whether in the Old Testament Hebrew or in the New Testament Greek, the translation is the same.
Grace is that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, lovingkindness, goodwill, loveliness and of course, God's complete and un-merited favor. Grace is the love of God packaged for us, so that no matter how great the sin, or how vile the sinner, there is always a way of escape into the loving arms of the Father. Jesus paid the price for grace to be given freely to those that receive Him and make Him their Lord.
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. Ephesians 2:8
Since the death, burial and subsequent resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, man has sought to distort the grace of God. Grace is the heart and soul of the gospel, the way of salvation for all mankind, and cannot be added to, nor taken away from. Grace is God's gift to us all, to reject or neglect such a great gift that cost the life of the Son of God would be a devastating thing to do.
At the dawn of New Testament Christianity, grace was poured out upon the followers of Christ in the form of a mighty rushing wind. The very sound of Heaven permeated the atmosphere with power and grace for all. The Holy Spirit delivered the gift of grace upon the disciples of Jesus and their mandate from that time forward was to give this gift to as many as would receive it.
And suddenly there came a sound from Heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Acts 2:2
I believe everyone hears the sound of grace sometime in their life. Grace is offered to man as a gift giving him access to His heavenly Father from whom he has departed from. Just as the prodigal son returned from the pigpen of the world back to His Father, so we too can come back from where we have defected to. Usually grace appears when one experiences great trial, or tribulation, or even sickness in their life and the gift is offered as a remedy to cure their ills and save their souls from eternal death.
Have you heard the sound of grace speaking to you, it may be a mighty rushing wind or a still small voice, but know this, God is calling you and I would advise you to listen because He may not return if you reject His offer. Your heavenly Father gave up His own Son to a cruel death in order for us all to inherit eternal grace in Heaven. The gift is yours for the taking, you can become a child of the Most High God and enter the very throne of His presence today. Can you hear the sound of grace?
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16