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Monday, July 8, 2013

Most Valuable Discovery

By Alan Eldridge  & David A. Sawyer

    In 1847 Sir James Simpson of Edinburgh discovered the use of chloroform as an anesthetic in surgery.  Some have claimed that this was the most significant discovery of modern medicine.
    In his later years, Sir James was lecturing at Edinburgh University and a student asked, “What do you consider to be the most valuable discovery of your lifetime?”
    Sir James answered quickly, “My most valuable discovery was when I discovered myself a sinner and that Jesus Christ was my Savior.”
    Similarly, at age 82, near death, almost blind, and with fading memory, John Newton, author of the timeless song, “Amazing Grace”, wrote these words: “My memory is nearly gone, but I remember two things: I’m a great sinner and Christ is a great savior.”
    The book of Romans makes clear these significant truths that Simpson and Newton articulated.
    The problem is sin (Romans 3:10, 23).  The penalty for sin is death (6:23).  The power of God unto salvation is the Gospel (1:16).  The provision for sin is Christ’s death (5:8).  The price paid for sin is His blood (5:9).  The process by which we contact that blood? By placing our faith and trust in Jesus (5:1), confessing Christ (10:9-10), turning from our sins in repentance (2:4), and being buried with Christ in baptism (6:1-4).  Then we are to dedicate the rest of our lives in service to Him (6:12-18; 12:1).
    The most valuable discovery that YOU can make is your Savior too!  -

-Alan Eldridge & David A. Sawyer, House to House/Heart to Heart; via THE SOWER, a weekly publication of the Arthur Church of Christ, Arthur, IL. Ron Bartanen, who serves as minister and editor, may be contacted through the congregation's website: http://www.arthurchurchofchrist.com


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