John Newton had it right when he penned: “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me.”
However, it’s not salvation alone that smacks of God’s Grace, everything that comes in succession after salvation, is of grace as well. As Charles H. Spurgeon once wrote, “It’s All of Grace.”
This story has been told of Napoleon Bonaparte: One of his soldiers deserted, was caught, and was condemned to death by firing squad. The soldier’s mother came to Napoleon, and said, “Sir will you please have mercy on my son?” Napoleon answered, “Your son deserves no mercy!” The mother then said, “Ah, sir! If he was deserving, it would not be mercy.” Napoleon was so moved by the mother’s wisdom, that he forgave her son, who, as the story goes, later distinguished himself in battle.
If it were not for the grace of God, all of us would be lost; because, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).” A beautiful old hymn by Julia Johnston says it quite succinctly and beautifully: “Grace, Grace, God’s Grace! Grace that will pardon and cleanse within! Grace, Grace, God’s Grace! Grace that is greater than all our sin!”
It is the natural inclination of sinful humankind, to want to have a part in our own salvation. We, as those who are totally depraved because of the fall of Adam, are incapable of helping ourselves in this regard. “We are all like unclean things, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment (Isaiah 64:6); The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick (Jeremiah 17:9).” Nevertheless, all pagan religions, and even some who nominally call themselves “Christian” have a works agenda for obtaining things eternal. All of humankind’s proclivity to want to have a part in saving ourselves notwithstanding, the fact still remains: Salvation is by grace alone!
Therefore, if you’ve never trusted in Christ before this time, i. e., called upon His Name, do so today. It is He who will “never leave you nor forsake you!” It is He who will “never cast you out!” It is He who will “raise you up on the last day (Hebrews 13;5; John 6:37; John 6:39,40)!” Receive Him today!
As ever, with love in Jesus Christ,
Bluegill Bill aka Bill Biza