Monday Reminders

I love old hymns. Their words are so rich and full of truths. Every word is thought through and chosen deliberately in order to accurately relate theological truths.

I thought I’d take some time to go through one of my favorites: Amazing Grace.
This song is so familiar to so many people, that sometimes the meaning is lost in the familiarity of the tune, or the feeling of the person singing.

Let’s look at each verse, and the meaning that is present.

Amazing Grace (1)

Verse 1 is the description of the complete transforming power of the Gospel, the good news! The message of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, that was done on behalf of sinful humanity so that we may be righteous before the Holy One, that is God the Father. It is Amazing Grace, because we can do nothing to deserve God’s love, nothing to deserve Christ’s pardoning death on the cross, nothing to deserve to be called righteous and acceptable before God, but by His grace it is all given to us.
How sweet the sound indeed!

Verse 2 is a reflection of a Christian back on that first day of belief, that first moment of faith in that amazing grace. The grace of God teaches the Christian to fear the Lord God, rather than to hate Him (for there is no such thing as indifference towards God). It is also that grace and that awe of God that relieves all our fears. Why? Because when our eyes are fixed on a holy, mighty, all-powerful, sovereign, loving, merciful, gracious, true God the fears that clutter our hearts and minds can be swept away and entrusted to this kind of God. When the Christian is fully believing God is who He says He is in His Word, then fearing anything that is in this world just¬†doesn’t make sense. I’m not saying that therefore, Christians should never be afraid or worry about anything, but I am saying that Christians have the gracious gift of being able to put all those fears on the one who¬†knows not only our current situation, but also who is in charge of orchestrating the outcome!
Psalm 56:2-3 “When¬†I¬†am¬†afraid, I put¬†my¬†trust¬†in¬†you. In¬†God,¬†whose¬†word¬†I¬†praise, in¬†God¬†I¬†trust; I¬†shall¬†not¬†be¬†afraid. What¬†can¬†flesh¬†do¬†to¬†me?”

Verse 3 is a reflection on the more recent events in the Christian’s life. Things do not always go smoothly, that is how life works, in fact, Jesus promised difficulties would come to Christians¬†because of their belief in Him. BUT, just as verse 3 states, His grace is steadfast, sealed by His Spirit within us, as we endure difficulties and suffering.

Verse 4¬†is a transition of thought for the hymnist, even in the midst of all the “dangers, toils, and snares” of this life, they focus on the truth God has promised in His Word.
Romans 8:28 “And¬†we¬†know¬†that¬†for those¬†who¬†love¬†God¬†all¬†things¬†work¬†together for¬†good, for those¬†who¬†are¬†called according¬†to¬†his¬†purpose.”
This good isn’t material wealth or physical health or temporary happiness, because that would be completely contradictory to the theme of the hymn (and contradictory to the Bible). The second half of the verse makes this clear: “He will my shield and portion be”, meaning Christ will be my protection and my provision(s), He will be all I need in life, He is the Good in which my hope is secure, because of his Amazing Grace!

Verse 5 is a view to the end of the tunnel. No matter what you believe, or what you do in this life, there is an end. Death is real, and unavoidable. For the Christian, this is a glorious thing! The previous three verses have described this life as being full of fear, difficulties, and nothing good. For the Christian, death means eternal peace and joy at last. Why? See verse 6!

Verse 6 is what will bring everlasting joy and peace to the soul: being in the presence of God forever. There is no end to eternity! There is only a beginning, that beginning is in verse 1, when the Christian first heard the sweet sound of God’s grace. In heaven, Christians will sing that sweet sound back to God forever and ever.
Revelation 4:8 “… ‘Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come’.”

 

See what I mean? So much truth packed into just 6 couplets!

 

 

Soli Deo Gloria!

Monday Reminders

This is the good news of the gospel! This is life or death.

Jesus died (and rose again!) to not just make us pure before Him, but also righteous before Him. Jesus took our sin upon himself on the cross and gave us His righteousness and life through Him, conquering death when he rose on the third day (Easter morning!)

ūüíú Don’t forget this, Christian.

Soli Deo Gloria!

(Picture from Desiring God’s Instagram account)

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Lyrics from “Come Ye Sinners Poor And Wretched” ‚̧
A previous verse contains these equally wonderful words:

“Let not conscience make you linger, nor of fitness fondly dream.
All that He requires of sinners is to turn and trust in Him.
He will save you! He will save you! ‘Tis the gospel’s constant theme.” ‚̧

Soli Deo Gloria!

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Struggling with anxiety and worry? Here is your solution ‚̧ԳŹ Jesus Christ alone. He is more than powerful enough, more than able enough, more than qualified enough, and His motive is love. What a great comfort and assurance!

Soli Deo Gloria!

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From Desiring God’s Instagram account

Galatians 2:20-21
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.
And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.”

If we can do anything to earn our salvation, then Christ died for no reason.
Are you working to achieve heaven? To achieve goodness? To achieve forgiveness?

God is holy, we are not.
Christ died and ROSE AGAIN! So, He alone has power over sin, death, and eternity.
His righteousness covers us, only if we have faith in Him. That is, that we are totally and completely dependent on Him. Nothing else. We bring nothing.

“Hallelujah! All I have is Christ!”

Soli Deo Gloria!

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What a comfort! It’s not about us or what we bring to God. Our good works are only a response to our love for Him. We are “faultless before His throne” (Hallelujah!), but more than that, we are “dressed in His Righteousness”! Think about that, all our sin is wiped clean, gone, none of it is before the eyes of the Holy, Eternal, Unchanging, All Sovereign God, and instead we have Christ Jesus’ Righteousness (His Holiness) freely bestowed on us. Free! A gift! Grace! No more to earn or add too it, no possible way to lose it. “It is finished” indeed!

On Christ, the Solid Rock, I stand!

Where do you stand? This is a vital, life or death, eternity level question. The answer is important. Take the time to evaluate, check your heart, and study what God has done through Jesus.

 

 

Soli Deo Gloria!

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This is from Tim Challies, via his Instagram. He’s got a fantastic blog as well, with tons and tons of resources, especially if you’re looking for a good book!

This is such a good reminder of who we are. Sinners. Plain and simple. No one is good. Why? Because only God is good, and we are not God. To be God is to be ultimate, infinite, perfect. Humans are none of these things. “To err is human” is putting it lightly. “To be wretched is human” is slightly more accurate.
And yet! God calls those who would believe in Jesus for salvation to be, not just good, but Holy! Only through Jesus’ righteousness covering our sin is this possible.

Amen and Hallelujah!

 

 

Soli Deo Gloria!