Posted by: chuckbumgardner | January 31, 2011

John Newton on God’s Grace

Here’s a good quote by John Newton, recorded by someone who heard him preach on 1 Corinthians 15:10 (“By the grace of God, I am what I am”):

1. I am not what I ought to be. Ah! how imperfect and deficient.  2. Not what I might be considering my privileges and opportunities.  3. Not what I wish to be.  God, who knows my heart, knows I wish to be like him.  4. I am not what I hope to be; ere long to drop this clay tabernacle, to be like him and see him as He is.  5. Not what I once was, a child of sin, and slave of the devil.

Though not all these, not what I ought to be, not what I might be, not what I wish or hope to be, and not what I once was, I think I can truly say with the apostle, “By the grace of God I am what I am.”

Josiah Bull, Letters by the Rev. John Newton (London: The Religious Tract Society, [1869]), 400.

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