Psalm 40:2 reads, “He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay.” Amen and Amen, there are no hopeless cases with God. Genesis 18:14 tells us "Is anything too hard for the LORD?" On a memorial tablet in St Mary Woolnoth, London, appear the following words:
Once an Infidel and Libertine,
A Servant of Slaves in Africa
Was, By the Rich Mercy of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
Preserved, Restored, Pardoned
And Appointed to Preach the Faith
He Had So Long Laboured to Destroy.
These words, testifying to the transforming power of God, were written by John Newton at the age of eighty-two, shortly before his death.
John's mother died when he was seven years old. She had faithfully prayed for him and taught him the Word of God. He became a sailor aboard a British man-of-war. He escaped while the ship was in harbor in the West Indies.
John was captured and mercilessly flogged as a deserter. He confessed, "I became too vile for the vile company with me!" Escaping a second time, John fell into the hands of a slave dealer in Africa. For fifteen years he lived as a slave. Later he commanded a slave ship. He was now so hardened in sin that he was apathetic to the cruelties inflicted upon the helpless slaves.
In a terrible storm, from which he had no hope of escaping, John Newton's sordid, slumbering soul began to awaken. He saw himself as God saw him—a hopeless slave to sin. He cried to God for deliverance and was gloriously saved.
As long as time lasts, John Newton's hymn "Amazing Grace" will thrill the hearts of all sinners saved by grace! Again here are the words, read them now, and sing them throughout this coming week.
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.
When we’ve been there ten thousand years, Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise Than when we first begun.
May God's blessing be upon you this week as you read and meditate on the message from I John 5:16-17, “The Sin Unto Death."
In His Amazing Grace,
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