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LESSON 1 - AMAZING GRACE
After a troubled childhood and youth, John Newton joined his father's ship in Mediterranean trade. He plunged to the pits of immorality, debauchery, and infidelity. Someone said that he could curse and swear for two hours without repeating himself. After being fired by his father, he served on slave ships, where he himself actually became a slave of his boss's African wife.
When he nearly perished in a violent storm at sea, he turned to the Lord, and later became a minister of the gospel which he had so despised.
His personal experience of salvation is enshrined in this much loved hymn. By a curious providence, the hymn has at times headed the hit list in popular music circles among people who probably are strangers to the amazing grace of God.
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.
Thro' 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.
1. A STUPENDOUS PROBLEM
God had a problem. Well, not exactly. The great God is too powerful and wise to have problems. He only solves them. But it appears to us that He had a problem in figuring out a plan of salvation for mankind. We are simply using the language of human appearance when we say that He had a problem.
Now that we have cleared that up, what is the problem? Actually it arises from a seeming clash between two of the great attributes of God, His love and His righteousness.
On the one hand, God is a God of love. He loves people passionately. They are His crowning work. Among all the marvels of creation, He is delighted in a special way with humanity. He wants the companionship, the fellowship, of every man and woman, boy and girl for all eternity.
But the problem arises from the fact that we all are sinners and God is righteous. He can't look upon sin with approval. He can't wink at sin, overlook it, or condone it. Sin must be punished, and the wages of sin is death. If sinners are ever going to dwell with God in heaven, their sins must somehow be put away. The penalty must be paid. People must be clean and pure to live with God.
So there you have the stupendous problem. On the one hand, God is love, and His love is not willing that any should perish. He doesn't desire the eternal destruction of anyone. He wants everyone to enjoy the splendours and delights of heaven for ever and ever.
But God is light. His righteousness demands that the sinner's sins must be atoned for. He demands full satisfaction for every evil thought, word, and deed. No un-forgiven sinner can ever enter heaven.
Now how can God devise a plan of salvation that satisfies His love and yet does not compromise His righteousness? How can He be a just God and a Saviour at the same time? How can He be a righteous God and pardon ungodly sinners? That's the dilemma.
The famous Greek philosopher, Socrates, once said to Plato, then his pupil, "It may be that God can forgive sins, but I don't see how."
Seven Requirements for Any Plan of Salvation
It was an act of indescribable grace when God decided to rescue fallen mankind. But once He made that decision, He had to devise a plan that would fully satisfy His love and His holiness. Since He loves everyone, His salvation must be:
•Offered to all. He doesn't want anyone to be left out.
•Sufficient for all. It must meet the needs of every person without exception.
•Something for which everyone is eligible. No amount of evil should be able to bar anyone from participation.
•Simple enough for anyone to understand. There's no use in making an offer that is incomprehensible.
•Something which anyone can receive. The true religion must not have any conditions that some couldn't meet.
•There must be no possibility for human boasting. Pride is the parent sin, and there will be no pride in heaven. In order to exclude boasting, everyone must have the same fitness for heaven.
•Yet the plan must be one which God does not force on a person against his will.
2. A UNIQUE SOLUTION
There is only one conceivable solution to the divine dilemma. It lies in the word substitution. A suitable substitute must somehow be found to pay the penalty of the sins of the people. Most of us are familiar with the idea of substitution. In some athletic events, the coach sends someone onto the field as a substitute for another player. The average Hebrew believer in Old Testament times understood substitution. When he brought an animal to the altar of sacrifice and laid his hand on the animal's head, he pictured the transfer of his sins to a substitute that would die in his place.
Yes, the solution to the divine dilemma is to have a substitute die in the place of sinful humanity. But even here there are conditions to be met by the substitute.
The Substitute Must Pass Five Tests
•The substitute must be human. Otherwise the exchange would not be fair or equal.
•He must be a sinless person. Otherwise he would have to die for his own sins.
•He must be God. Only an infinite person could atone for the numberless sins of numberless people. The value of the substitute must be great enough to cover all the sins of humanity — past, present, and future.
•He must shed his blood, because the divine law has decreed that without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sin. Life is in the blood and there must be life for life.
•He must be willing. Otherwise Satan could charge God with unjustly forcing an involuntary victim to die in the place of ungodly sinners.
TEST – LESSON -1 – Amazing Grace
True or False
1. John Newton was a good living man before he was saved.
2. God offers salvation to the elect only.
3. One must clean up their lives in order to be saved.
4. Because God is righteous he cannot overlook sin.
5. There will be no boasting in heaven.
Please fill in the blanks with CAPITAL LETTERS
6. ___must be ______and the wages of ___ is ______
7. ____must be ____and pure to live with _____
8. No _______sinner can ____enter _____
9. He does ____ desired the ______ _______ of anyone.
10. ___He ____everybody___ ______must be offered to ____
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