SUBJ: The sixth
verse of John Newton’s hymn “Amazing Grace” and the end of that Grace
that finds true believers in anticipation of the things to come
beginning with the end of life on earth an continuing with Him for all
AIM: That we
like Newton and countless others may ever stand amazed at the grace of
God and God who gave it as we look to Him in Christ Jesus our Lord.
INTR: We come
to the closing thoughts of “Amazing Grace” and again take note of the
order (Paul wrote to the Corinthians of order of things ending with the
delivering up of the Kingdom).
1. We have proceeded as follows:
Amazement as the proper experience in contemplating the grace that
brings salvation; grace realized in our quickening, repentance, faith
and conversion; the acknowledgment of the providence of God in bringing
along, the ability to recognize and claim the promise of God in
receiving Him as our shield and portion; to the ability to look beyond
mortal life to an eternity in His presence so possessing Him.
come now to the realization that life on earth as we know shall end in a
cataclysmic manner and will give way to the predetermined purpose of God
for all His elect.
3. “The earth shall soon dissolve like snow, / The
sun forbear to shine; / But God, who called me here below, / Will be
forebodings of the flesh are soon dissolved, like the snow of Newton’s
hymn, as we witness by faith and are Amazed at future grace wherein we
are made to know the undisturbed possession of God and “joy’s eternal
I. A certain end – The earth dissolved and the sun
1. The tendency of men is to assume that all things will
continue as they are forever and they have difficulty conceiving of
their own end (There is a need for the status quo in some regards and
for change in others).
2. Our Lord was careful to prepare the
disciples for the future and graphically described both what He would
endure, but what they would face.
1) He addressed them in the matter
of challenges in the near future and
2) He gave them to know that
this world was not permanent and would be destroyed and give way to New
Heavens and New Earth.
3. Peter was a direct recipient of these
things as He listened to our Lord’s confirmation of multiple Old
1) The earth shall quake before them; the
heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars
shall withdraw their shining: Joel 2:10
2) The sun shall be turned
into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the
terrible day of the LORD come. Joel 2:31
3) The sun shall be turned
into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable
day of the Lord come: Acts 2:20
4. And so would preach and teach with
the realization that the end was not to be reached here and that hope
was to be anchored in the Amazing Grace of Christ our Lord – no feeble
glimmer of hope is that!
II. The confidence given us in Grace –
It is God who called and who justifies
1. At the end of the hymn,
Newton would present the overview of the purpose of God and aim of
Amazing Grace in that it begins with the calling of God and ends in an
eternity with Him.
2. So, was the expression of our Lord in: And if I
go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto
myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. John 14:3
3. We are
given a precious and comprehensive picture by Paul: And we know that all
things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the
called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did
predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be
the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate,
them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and
whom he justified, them he also glorified. Romans 8:28-30.
4. We are
reminded of the personal emphasis on calling throughout: For the promise
is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as
many as the Lord our God shall call. Acts 2:39.
III. The purpose
of God fully brought to fruition – Will be forever mine
Cowper: “His purposes will ripen fast, / Unfolding every hour; / The bud
may have a bitter taste, / But sweet will be the flower.
2. Faith is
both substance and evidence of the realities of promises and is precious
3. But, we have no way to describe the experience of seeing
the eternal purpose of God wherein faith becomes sight and through the
senses of a new body we shall behold new heavens and new earth and above
all to see Him in all His splendor and glory and grace will be Amazing