Amazing Grace by Dr. J.T. Parish
The day I trusted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, the church sang “Amazing Grace” as they came by to give me the right hand of fellowship into the church. I had heard that old hymn all my life, but for the first time I really understood it.
“Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.” God’s grace is truly amazing and I had been under deep conviction by the Holy Spirit and knew what a miserable wretch and sinner I really was. “Twa’s grace that taught my heart to fear and grace my fears relieved.” It was grace that caused God to convict me of sin, and it was by grace through faith that I was saved from sin.
Grace is “Unmerited favor.” It was God’s favor that kept me alive until His grace saved me. Someone made an acrostic of grace: God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense. It would be difficult to overstate the importance of God’s grace. Yet, there are teachers today that are being accused of teaching a message of “hyper grace”. Listening to some of them, I have concluded that their error is not in over – stating the message of grace. Their error is not in what they affirm but in what they deny.
Some of them deny the need for repentance and the need for Christians to confess their sins. They have to give strained interpretations to many scriptures to defend their position. Anyone who uses grace to excuse sin doesn’t understand grace. The proper understanding of grace is compatible with all scripture even that which teaches human responsibility.
“The grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all man, teaching us that denying ungodliness, and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and Godly in this present world.” (Titus 2:11-12)