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Amazing Grace 奇异恩典

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and

this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by

works, so that no one can boast.

– Ephesians 2: 8-9

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I

once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see. Calling

himself a “wretch” who was lost and blind in the hymn “Amazing

Grace,” written in 1779, John Newton left school when he was 11 to

become a sailor and later a slave trader. Yet, by the grace of God, a

terrible storm and the fear of a shipwreck, led Newton to a conversion

and later ordination at age 39.12

For Newton’s friend John Wesley, grace is not merely “all the blessing

which God hath bestowed upon man... his free, undeserved favour”13

but also “the power of the Holy Ghost”14

that enables people to walk in

the ways of God. The Anglican Bishop Brook Foss Westcott once

described salvation as follows: “I know I have been saved, I believe I

am being saved; and I hope by the grace of God that I shall be saved.” 15

For Wesley, this undeserved favour and divine empowerment 16“comes

to us at different stages in our spiritual pilgrimage, and it accomplishes

different effects and evokes different responses. But it is all grace.” 17





瞎眼今得看见。约翰.牛顿在他 1779 年写的诗歌“奇异恩典”

中称自己是个迷失又眼瞎的坏蛋,他 11 岁离校成为一名海


的风暴和对沉船的惧怕,令他悔改,后来 39 岁时被按立。






通过上帝的恩典,我仍将要被拯救。” 对于卫斯理来说,




Reflection 反思

In what ways have God blessed you with His undeserved favour? How

has He empowered you with the Holy Spirit to live victoriously?



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