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Mr. John Newton's Amazing Grace

Updated on January 8, 2014

John Newton is best known for his beloved hymn Amazing Grace. It truly was amazing grace that found its way to John Newton. Mr. Newton lived a sordid life and in his own words he proclaims himself to be a wretch who once was lost but then was found. His salvation was amazing grace!

Mr. Newton was born in London on July 24, 1725. This would have been about the time of the First Great Awakening in America. While Jonathan Edwards was preaching repentance, John Newton was taking his fill of sin.

During John's young years he traveled the Mediterranean Sea with his father aboard a merchant ship. In 1744 Newton was called to service aboard the H. M. S. Harwich. Finding the conditions more than he could tolerate, he jumped ship and deserted only to be recaptured a short time later. He was publicly humiliated and demoted in rank.

How bad were the conditions on board the H. M. S. Harwich? At John's own request he was transferred to a slave ship. At this point in his life, he became a slave to a slave trader. Physical abuse was a part of everyday life for the rebellious Newton. In 1748 he was rescued by a sea captain known to the family and eventually he became the captain of his own slave trading ship

John was known for committing his own atrocities against young slave girls. He had long ago given up on the early religious training he had received from his mother. It was during a homeward bound voyage that a powerful storm took control of John's ship, and fearing the ship would sink, he called out "Lord, have mercy upon us.” After the storm had passed and John was safe, he reflected on the recent events of his life. On May 10, 1748, John Newton was born into the Kingdom of God. It was then that he penned the words, “Thro’ many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come; ’tis grace has bro’t me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.”

Amazing grace - have you experienced it?

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Beautiful. You have given me a wonderful happy smile. Thank you!

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      Jeff Shirley 3 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

      Thanks lifegate. I am continually amazed at God's amazing grace. John Newton was certainly a trophy of that grace. I appreciate this Hub. God bless!

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      shofarcall 3 years ago

      What an amazing story! Thank u Bill for bringing it to our attention.

      God's mercies endure forever.

      was just reading about Elijah and how, the day after bringing fire down from heaven and getting rid of all the Priests of Baal, this prophet ran away into the hills in fear of Jezebels reprisals. The wonderful thing tho is that God did not chastise him but ministered to him! His mercy and grace endures forever! Amen

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      William Kovacic 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Good to hear from you GodTalk,

      You're quite welcome. "Amazing" is the best adjective to describe God's grace/ thanks for stopping by!

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      William Kovacic 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Hi Karen,

      I never thought of that - God's reaction to Elijah, but it's so true. Thanks for pointing that out. Keep on keeping on, Sister!

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      Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

      That is such a great story ~ thanks for sharing the story of his life. God forgives the worst of our sins. God Bless :-)

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      William Kovacic 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Hi MT,

      Thanks for stopping by. Yes, God's grace is so vast. That's just who He is.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for John Newton's story--truly the story of Amazing Grace. How sweet the sound!

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      William Kovacic 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      MsDora, it is the sweetest sound I've ever heard. The great thing is that it's not just John Newton's story, but a gift to every born again believer. It's our story too.

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      Tamarajo 3 years ago from Southern Minnesota

      An encouraging and inspiring story. It ministered to me concerning my own lost son to not give up God is still moving.

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      William Kovacic 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Absolutely TJ,

      We can't afford to give up on those we hold so near. God doesn't. I'm looking for Him to move in your son's life very soon.

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      Michael Adams1959 3 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

      When we've been there ten thousand years bright shining as the SON, we've no less days to sing God's grace then when we first begun.

      A truly amazing story. John Newton also helped in stopping slave trading in England along with Wilberforce.

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      William Kovacic 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Hi Michael,

      It's good to see you here! Only God's grace can free a slave trader and turn him into a fighting force against slavery. I'm thankful for the grace of God in my life. I still have a long way to go, but when I look back, I can see God's amazing grace in every step. That's what He's all about - amazing grace. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Michael Adams1959 3 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

      So welcome Lifegate,

      Yes God's grace is so amazing, all the doors He has opened for us this year is amazing indeed. What a whirlwind we have been on it just keeps gettin' gooder and gooder

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      William Kovacic 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      So what's happening?

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      Michael Adams1959 3 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

      Preaching in several churches, had my book published, went to Oklahoma with Samaritan's Purse now headed with them again this time to North Carolina to help the flood victims. Sharing the Gospel wherever we may!

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      William Kovacic 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Keep on keeping on Brother!

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