That Great Day

It is a great thing to die; and, when flesh and heart fail, to have God for the strength of our heart, and our portion forever.  I know whom I have believed, and he is able to keep that which I have committed against that great day.  Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me that day.

– John Newton

as quoted by Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 215

God Forbid!

If obedience be the thing in question, looking unto Jesus is the objective that melts the soul into love and gratitude!  Those who greatly love, and are greatly obliged find obedience to be easy.  When Jesus is upon our thoughts, either in His humbled or His exalted state; either as bleeding on the cross or as worshiped by all the host of heaven then we can ask the apostle’s question with a befitting disdain, “Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid!” (Romans 6:1)  What! shall I sin against my Lord, my love, my Friend – who once died for my sins, and now lives and reigns on my behalf!  What! shall I sin against my Redeemer who supports, and leads, and guides, and feed me every day?  God forbid!

– John Newton

as quoted by – Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 191-192

 

Blessed Be God for Jesus Christ

Well, when we have said all we can of the abounding sin in us – grace still more abounds in Jesus.  We cannot be so evil as he is good.  His power is a good match for our weakness.  His riches are a good match for our poverty.  His mercy is a good match for our misery.  We are vile in ourselves – but we are complete in him.  In ourselves we have cause to be abased – but in him we may rejoice. Blessed be God for Jesus Christ.

– John Newton

as quoted by – Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 173

His Command and Their Duty

It is, however, his command and therefore their duty; yea, further, from the new nature he has given them, it is their desire to watch and strive against sin; and to propose the mortification of the whole body of sin, and the advancement of sanctification in their hearts, as their great and constant aim, to which they are to have an habitual preserving regard.

– John Newton

as quoted by Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 142-143

This Evil Is Present With Me

This evil is present with me: my heart is like a highway, like a city without walls or gates.  Nothing so false, so frivolous, so absurd, so impossible, so horrid, but it can obtain access, and that at any time, or in any place: neither the study, the pulpit, or even the Lord’s Table, exempt me from their intrusion.

– John Newton

as quoted by  Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philippsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 95

The Gracious Purposes to Which the Lord Makes Sense and Feeling Our Depravity

The gracious purposes to which the Lord makes sense and feeling of our depravity subsurvient, are manifold. Hereby his own power, wisdom, faithfulnes and love, are more signally displayed: his power, in maintaining his own work in the midst of so much opposition, like a spark burning in the water, or a bush unconsumed in the flames; his wisdom, in defeating and controlling all devices which Satan, from his knowledge of the evil of our nature is encouraged to practise against us.”

– John Newton

as quoted by Brown, Steve; Three Free Sins: God’s Not Mad At You; Howard Books; New York, copyright 2012; Kindle Edition; Location 506