If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)
In 1736, eleven-year-old John Newton went to sea on his father’s ship, beginning a life of rebellion and immorality. An ambitious young man, Newton soon owned a slave ship and was proud of his place in a bloody and cruel industry.
Only when his ship ran into a horrible storm and he feared for his life did he turn to God. In desperation he read a devotional about Christ. Newton came face-to-face for the first time with Jesus’ sacrificial love, and it changed his life. He eventually renounced the evil slave trade and became a powerful and bold minister.
Years later, Newton penned the words to “Amazing Grace,” the moving story of his conversion. Newton realized that no crime is too big, no deed is too horrible, no thought is too wicked for Christ to forgive.
Christ’s amazing grace covers all sin. When you accept His payment on the cross for your sin and make Him the Lord of your life, you are cleansed completely. God washes old things away and makes you a new creation.