You have heard it sung: Amazing Grace / Part Two
Wednesday, October 20th, 2010
“Twas Grace that taught my heart to fear,and grace my fears relieved. How precious did that grace appear,the hour I first believed.”
While I am not going to go through every verse of Amazing Grace, this verse has a pretty significant teaching to its hearer. This is the second verse penned by John Newton, and in my eyes it has a great bit to teach regarding the salvation we receive through God’s Grace.
As I mentioned in my first writing about Amazing Grace, Romans 3:23 teaches us that all mankind has sinned. So if we are all sinners, how do we learn to move on from being just another sinner? The answer is once again God’s Grace.
When Christ, a sinless man, died on the cross, God gave us the clearest picture of his wrath he could show us. Here was his sinless son mocked as a sinner, beaten like a wicked man, and ultimately dying the death of the worst of criminals. God had his son go through all of this even though he did nothing wrong in his entire life.
If we take a moment and think about what this means for us, we should tremble. If Jesus took all that punishment and shame to be the atonement for sin, how vast will the punishment be for all of us who have lived our entire lives sinning? This is what I think of when I consider the words, “Twas Grace that taught my heart to fear.” In the event that ultimately allows us to receive Christ’s salvation, we see just how worthy of God’s judgment we are. God did not have to remind us how wicked we are, but he did through the death of his sinless son.
However, we know that through the resurrection of Jesus his death was made more than a display of God’s wrath; it was also the event that granted all who believe in Jesus’ resurrection the gifts of atonement and salvation.
When Newton talks of this grace appearing when he first believed, he is referring to the way he cried for mercy, God’s Grace, when he faced his own personal toils and snares referenced in verse three.
“Through many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come.Twas grace that brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.”
It was personal, physical saving that Newton is referring to, but it can certainly be understood that, in a similar fashion, it is God’s grace that leads us home through our atonement with Christ. Through the sins we battle, the mistakes we make, God’s amazing grace through Christ grants us eternal salvation and safety in our future home in heaven. When we believe in what Christ did for us, we come to the point that we see God’s grace for what it was, and we understand just how unworthy we are.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is a gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 [NIV]
It is nothing we did that saves us. It’s not something we can do on our own. Regardless of physical scares or spiritual pits we fall into, we have every reason to fear. Without Christ’s death and resurrection we would have never seen just what we really deserve, and we would have no means to experience his amazing grace and his son’s salvation, the gift that allows us to one day find our home with Christ in Our Father’s glory.
Romans 10:9 makes it clear that for a man or woman to be saved, they must believe in Jesus’ death and resurrection. The moment they do, God will show them his grace. From my own experiences, knowing his grace has made life easier because it really does remove fears. Are you tired of living in fear and uncertainty? God is ready to show you just what his grace is about; are you ready to believe in Christ as your Savior?
Written by Timothy Hegerich – Edited by Caroline Hegerich
There is truth in our world, and it lies within the word of the One who created the world. It is my prayer that my thoughts and writings echo this truth and inspire you to seek it for your life today!