The Scripture of “Amazing Grace”
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound,
“For by Grace are ye saved through Faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
“For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. For What Saith the Scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness” (Romans 4:2-3).
That saved a wretch like me!
“Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began” (2 Timothy 1:9).
“Not by Works of Righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost” (Titus 3:5).
I once was lost, but now am found;
“And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry” (Luke 15:6, 9, 24).
Was blind, but now I see.
“As long as I am in the world, I am the Light of the World. When He had thus spoken, He spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, And said unto him, Go, wash in the Pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing. He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the Pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight. Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see. Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This Man is not of God, because He keepeth not the Sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them. They say unto the blind man again, what sayest thou of Him, that He hath opened thine eyes? He [the man that was blind] said, He is a prophet. Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this Man is a sinner. He answered and said, Whether He be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see. [The Pharisees said,] We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this Fellow, we know not from whence He is. The man [that was blind] answered and said unto them, why herein is a marvellous thing that ye know not from whence He is, and yet He hath opened mine eyes. Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him He heareth. Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind. If this Man were not of God, He could do nothing. They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out. Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said unto him, dost thou believe on the Son of God? He answered and said, Who is He, Lord that I might believe on Him? And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen Him, and it is He that talketh with thee. And he said, LORD, I believe. And he worshipped Him” (John 9:5-7, 11, 15-17, 24-25, 29-38).
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
“But to him that worketh not, but believeth on Him That Justifieth the Ungodly, his Faith is counted for righteousness” (Romans 4:5).
“For the Scripture saith, whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed” (Romans 10:11).
And grace my fears relieved;
“What if God, willing to shew His Wrath, and to make His Power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: And that He might make known the riches of His Glory on the Vessels of Mercy, which He had afore prepared unto Glory” (Romans 9:22-23).
“In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the Truth” (2 Timothy 2:25).
How precious did that grace appear
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the Throne of Grace, that we may obtain Mercy, and find Grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).
“But He giveth More Grace. Wherefore He saith, God resisteth the Proud, but giveth Grace unto the Humble” (James 4:6).
“But the God of All Grace, Who hath called us unto His Eternal Glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, establish, strengthen, settle you” (1 Peter 5:10).
The hour I first believed!
“And the Scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for Righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God” (James 2:23).
“We which have believed do enter into rest” (Hebrews 4:3).
Thru many dangers, toils and snares
“Yea, though I walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over” (Psalm 23:4-5).
I have already come;
“And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from Heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Luke 10:18-19).
‘Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
“I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for Thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety” (Psalm 4:8).
“For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him” (Psalm 12:5).
“The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe” (Proverbs 18:10).
“The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD” (Proverbs 21:31).
And grace will lead me home.
“I being in the way, the LORD led me” (Genesis 24:27).
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
“But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for He shall receive me” (Psalm 49:15).
“Thou shalt guide me with Thy Counsel, and afterward receive me to Glory” (Psalm 73:24).
“For the LORD God is a Sun and Shield: the LORD will give Grace and Glory: no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly” (Psalm 84:11).
The Lord has promised good to me;
“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever” (Psalm 23:6).
“How excellent is Thy loving kindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Thy wings. They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of Thy house; and Thou shalt make them drink of the river of Thy pleasures. For with Thee is the fountain of life: in Thy light shall we see light. O continue Thy loving kindness unto them that know Thee; and Thy righteousness to the upright in heart” (Psalm 36:7-10).
His Word my hope secures;
“And now, LORD, what wait I for? My Hope is in Thee” (Psalm 39:7).
“For Thou art my Hope, O LORD GOD: Thou art my Trust from my youth” (Psalm 71:5).
“Uphold me according unto Thy Word that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my Hope” (Psalm 119:116).
He will my Shield and Portion be,
“The God of my Rock; in Him will I trust: He is my Shield, and the horn of my Salvation, my High Tower, and my Refuge, my Saviour; Thou savest me from violence” (2 Samuel 22:3).
“The LORD is my Strength and my Shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise Him” (Psalm 28:7).
“My Goodness, and my Fortress; my High Tower, and my Deliverer; my Shield, and He in Whom I trust; Who subdueth my people under me” (Psalm 144:2).
“My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my Portion for ever” (Psalm 73:26).
“I cried unto Thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my Refuge and my Portion in the land of the living” (Psalm 142:5).
“The LORD is my Portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in Him” (Lamentations 3:24).
As long as life endures.
“Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the LORD will, we shall live, and do this, or that” (James 4:14-15).
“The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away” (Psalm 90:10).
Amen and Amen!