Monday, August 23, 2010

Reach of a Loving God "Captured by Grace"



Amazing Grace has long been a favorite hymn of many and is one of my personal favorites. Using the lyrics that John Newton wrote Dr. Jeremiah probes the subject of grace using both Newton and Apostle Paul’s lives and writings, along with true stories of today.

 What do John Newton, who wrote "Amazing Grace", and the Apostle Paul have in common? This is the question explored by Dr. David Jeremiah in CAPTURED by GRACE. 

Dr. Jeremiah contends that both of these men were hunters that become the hunted, hunted by God. He also maintains we all are "the hunted", in that God is the pursuer and we are the pursued.

He delves into the Captivating Presence, Compassionate Plan, Converting Power, along with several other aspects of grace.

In the chapter “Converting Power” he describes of the three characters in the story of the prodigal son and how they each responded to the dilemma. He says John Newton saw himself as the prodigal “I once was lost by now am found”. Paul possibly saw himself as the elder son who stayed home but was also errant.

However, he says Rembrandt who painted the loving father, embracing the son, as the center of the picture, had it absolutely right.

This book, like so many lately, seems to be the right book for the right time for me.

“Mercy is God withholding the punishment we rightfully deserve. Grace is God not only withholding that punishment but offering the most precious of gifts instead.” Pg 23 

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