I would like to talk about the song Amazing Grace. What does it say?
Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound)
That sav’d 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 reliev’d;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believ’d!
Thro’ many dangers, toils, and snares,
I have already come;
‘Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.
The Lord has promis’d good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures.
Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.
The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who call’d me here below,
Will be forever mine.
John Newton, Olney Hymns, 1779
In the aspect of Amazing Grace to which I am drawing focus, it says that it is possible for the Grace of God to save even the person who has done some of the most evil things. Some Christians may use this song as an excuse not to change, claiming that the grace of God saves them and not their own actions. On the other hand, some Christians may turn away from this song entirely because of almost the exact same reasons, because they do not want to be someone who only calls the name of Jesus and claims salvation, because we DO have a part to play in our own redemption. I do not know exactly if that is what their reasons are, so I will leave it at that.
I also believe that we have a very important part to play in our redemption, so why do I support t, buthis song? The way I see it is that both of these theories are true, at least partly. Grace can save us, but without our repentance, we are still in hell. When we repent, meaning to fix what we did wrong to the extreme, and work hard, that is when a shining Grace steps in to bring us as far as we are able to go.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
~ John 3:16 KJV
Please take interest and note that the phrase ‘believeth in him’ must be more than just a ‘belief’ if such can get you to eternal life.
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Edit August 16, 2014:
I hope to give a slightly better explanation or view of Grace. I do not fully understand this, but someday hopefully I will. I wanted to correct what I may have misrepresented about Grace, but I do not know how to say it, because I do not fully understand it. God gives Grace freely. When a person does something, it brings about an effect, when a person does something good or in accordance with the will of heaven, the effect is closeness to others who do good, including God. I think this principle can be applied to Grace.
I said above that when we repent and etc., that is when Grace steps in, but I don’t want to give the impression that Grace is impossible to receive, for God is generous. The more I write, I feel unfit to teach such a topic. Please pray for understanding and read the scriptures. I cannot say these things are true and please do not take them or teach them as truth unless God reveals it to you. I hope these words will spark an interest or a new idea in whomever needs it. Thank you for reading.