Thursday, September 29, 2011

Amazing Grace - Third Verse

Amazing Grace was written by John Newton and published in 1799. I reviewed the first verse of "Amazing Grace" in one of my earlier posts, and if you would like the background information on the author John Newton, or the song itself, see Amazing Grace, first verse.  I also reviewed the second verse in Amazing Grace, Second Verse.


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Through many dangers, toils and snares...

we have already come.


T'was Grace that brought us safe thus far...

and Grace will lead us home.

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Through many dangers, toils and snares...

Psalm 27:1 (AMP) - "THE LORD is my Light and my Salvation--whom shall I fear or dread? The Lord is the Refuge and Stronghold of my life--of whom shall I be afraid?"


For most of my life, I was pretty sure I could handle whatever came at me.  There were no dangers that could touch me and no difficulties in my jobs that I saw as anything but a welcome challenge and there were NO traps.  If you do not believe in Satan, and I did not, what type of traps could there be?  Human ones?  So what, I thought, I can handle it.  For 100% of my life, until my accident, I could in fact handle it.  Even after my accident, and after my acceptance of Jesus, I still though I could handle it, but that was pride mixed with lack of belief in Satan and demons.  Those things were for other people.  (For my story, see "Diving In.")


I was wrong.  The war is not against just people, it is against Satan and all of his followers.  I have read the bible dozens of times.  I even took a undergraduate course on it, just to make sure I was on solid ground, yet I did not believe in Satan or demons.  Yet, it is pretty clear.


Ephesians 6:12 - (AMP): "For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere."

It's not paranoid dreaming, it a war against spirit forces of wickedness.  There are traps (snares), dangers and wrestling is extreme toiling ... yet, God has brought us through.
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...we have already come.


There are two things here you should look at.  The first one is really obvious.  You are Alive, so you have already made it through.  I don't know about your life, but once my eyes were open, and my ears could hear, I am amazed every day when I eat, when I see my family, when I am alive to go to bed.  With all the "wickedness" we have to contend with, both in our world, and from the spiritual world, which I can now finally admit is everywhere, I am thankful I am still alive.


But there is more.  John Newton is speaking to US in this song, not just about himself and his relationship with God.  He says .... we have already come.  We Christians are the Body of Christ, and we are together.

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T'was Grace that brought us safe thus far...


Ephesians (AMP) 2: 8-9: "For it is by free grace (God's unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ's salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God; Not because of works [not the fulfillment of the Law's demands], lest any man should boast. [It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.]

Through all the toils, the traps, the spiritual warriors that are fighting to keep the Body of Christ down, we have all come.  But not by our own will, or strength, or power, but as a FREE gift of God, bought by the Jesus, for US.  Pretty Awesome.  Amazing, you might say.  Amazing Grace.

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and Grace will lead us home.

John 14:2 (AMP): "In My Father's house there are many dwelling places (homes). If it were not so, I would have told you; for I am going away to prepare 
a place for you."

Many Mansions
Credit: Free images from acobox.com


So far John Newton is singing in this verse about the stuff that happens in the flesh.  Cool as that is, there is more.  Jesus says he is preparing us a house in Heaven .. in HEAVEN.


Us ...  even though we have done nothing to desire this, he is giving it to us anyway.


That is Amazing Grace.


Very Amazing.



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