‘Amazing Grace! How sweet the sound.” Yes, how sweet the sound, also how sweet the fact that God has provided grace sufficient to save you and me. Amazing grace to save me from a justifiable eternal destruction in a lake of fire prepared for the devil and his angels: Eternity in Hell.
Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.” Only by the amazing grace given us by God can anyone of us have hope of salvation.
The dictionary defines ‘grace’ as the unmerited divine assistance given man for his regeneration or sanctification; also, mercy, clemency, pardon, forgiveness—the favor and love of God; influence of God operating in man to improve and strengthen. The assistance of God, the forgiveness of God, the love of God, and the influence of God: all compose the grace of God. But wait! Have you ever considered the fact that God’s plan of salvation is truly that; God’s plan of salvation? The first step in God’s plan for the salvation of man was to provide for the atonement of man’s sin.
Romans 5:10-11 says, “For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to god by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement,” An atonement is the act or fact of making up for something, This atonement, in accordance to God’s plan of salvation, required the sacrifice of the Lamb of God. John 1:29 says, “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”
Yes, Jesus, God’s only begotten son, the Lamb of God, had to give his life in sacrifice as the atonement for each of our sins. Mark 16; 24 says, “And when they had crucified him.” Romans 3; 11 tells us, “There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.” God has provided the atonement through the death, burial, and resurrection of His Son, but how can man be saved if he doesn’t even seek after God?
Another step in god’s plan of salvation provides: John 6:44, “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” God draws man to Jesus Christ and then amazing grace brings salvation to man who simply believes on the Lord Jesus Christ.
Amazing grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretched like me. God’s plan of salvation in action – saving people like you and me. “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness: but is longsuffering to usward, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” II Peter 3:9
Spreading His Word, Don