Most Valuable Discovery
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
James answered quickly, “My most valuable
discovery was when I discovered myself a sinner and
that Jesus Christ was my Savior.”
discovery is very similar to the words of John Newton,
author of the timeless song, “Amazing Grace.”
At age 82, near death, almost blind, and with
fading memory, he spoke these words: “My memory is
nearly gone, but I remember two things:
I’m a great SINNER and Christ is a great SAVIOR.”
book of Romans makes clear these two significant
truths that Simpson and
Newton articulated. The PROBLEM
is SIN. “As
it is written, there is none righteous,
not even one” (Romans 3:10).
“For all have sinned and fall short of the
glory of God” (Romans 3:23). And the PENALTY
for sin is DEATH (Romans 6:23).
But in Romans 1:16, the apostle Paul declares that the
POWER of God unto salvation is
the “Gospel” of Jesus Christ.
look at this “GOOD NEWS”...
In Christ we have the divine PROVISION.
“But God demonstrates His own love
toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ
died for us” (Romans 5:8).
The PRICE that was paid?
Look at Romans 5:9: “Much more then, having
been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from
the wrath of God through Him.”
what’s the PROCESS by which we
contact that blood? By placing our faith
and trust in Jesus (Romans 5:1), confessing
Christ (Romans 10:9-10), turning from our sins in repentance
(Romans 2:4), and being buried with Christ in baptism
(Romans 6:1-4). Then,
we are to dedicate the rest of our lives in service to
Him (Romans 6:12-18; 12:1). *
most valuable discovery that YOU can make is that you,
too, are a great sinner (as ALL are!) and that Christ
desires to be YOUR Savior.
will save you -IF-
you will trust and obey Him.
Allan Eldridge / David
of Christ at Creekwood
Schillinger Rd. S.
Mobile, Alabama 36695
only slightly from an article by Allan Eldridge, the Minister of the
Regency Church of Christ in Mobile, AL
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