Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace is a very well known and well love hymn.  Because of those wonderful words, most everyone is familiar with the composer, John Newton

But what I didn’t know is that he was also a prolific poet, writing over 150 poems during his life time.  Even the words to Amazing Grace, began as a poem.  Written and published as Olney Hymns in 1779, it’s actual title is, “Faith’s Review and Expectation”, though more commonly called Amazing Grace because those are the first words of the poem.
When I came across the list of all of his poems, I began reading each one and saving them to read again in the future. 
 
This poem, “How Lost Was My Condition” is one in particular that reflects my hearts cry in a time past in my own life and certainly speaks of His amazing grace.
I hope you take time to go to and read some of John Newton’s other great works.
God bless. . . .
 
How Lost Was My Condition by John Newton
  
How lost was my condition
Till Jesus made me whole!
There is but one physician
Can cure a sin-sick soul
Next door to death he found me,
And snatched me from the grave,
To tell all around me
His wond’rous pow’r to save.

The worst of all diseases
Is light compared with sin;
On ev’ry part it seizes,
But rages most within;
‘Tis palsy, plague, and fever,
And madness-all combined;
And none, but a believer,
The least relief can find.

From men, great skill professing,
I sought a cure to gain;
But this proved more distressing,
And added to my pain;
Some said that nothing ailed me,
Some gave me up for lost;
Thus ev’ry refuge failed me,
And all my hopes were crossed.

At length this great Physician,
How matchless is His grace!
Accepted my petition,
And undertook my case;
First, gave me sight to view him,
For sin my eyes had sealed-
Then bid me look unto Him;
I looked, and I was healed.

A dying, risen Jesus,
Seen by the eye of faith,
At once from danger frees us,
And saves the soul from death;
Come, then, to this Physician,
His help he’ll freely give,
He makes no hard condition-
To Jesus look and live!

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