LOOKING TO PRAISE AND WORSHIP JESUS THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. 18 No man has ever seen God at any time; the only unique Son, or the only begotten God, Who is in the bosom [in the intimate presence] of the Father, He has declared Him [He has revealed Him and brought Him out where He can be seen; He has interpreted Him and He has made Him known].

Sunday, February 19, 2006

JESUS, WHAT A WONDER YOU ARE

I am confounded with wonder!

("Solitude Sweetened" by James Meikle, 1730-1799)

"Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound!"
(Romans 5:20)

Dear Savior, in Your sufferings I not only see the infiniteness
of sin, but also the infiniteness of Your love; so that, though
I have cause with myself to be angry on account of sin, I need
not despair.

If the desert of my sinful folly is death--the merit of Your
sufferings is life!

If my sins mount up to heaven--Your mercy is above the heavens!

Though my sins reach to the very throne to accuse me
--there is One upon the throne who will not condemn me!

When I look to myself and see my vileness and necessity--I am
confounded with shame! But when I look to You, and see Your
fullness and all-sufficiency--I am confounded with wonder!

Am I weak? Jesus is my strength.

Am I foolish? Jesus is my wisdom!

Am I wicked? Jesus is my righteousness!

Am I impure? Jesus is my sanctification!

Am I in bondage? Jesus is my complete redemption!

Am I in misery? From Jesus tender mercy flows.

Am I deceitful? Jesus is wholly truth!

In a word, am I enmity itself? Then Jesus is love itself
which passes understanding! Mine is but the enmity
of a creature--but Yours is the love of God!

Where sin abounded--grace did much more abound!

Where misery has surrounded me--Your mercy has crowned me!

Sin is too strong for me--but Your grace is too strong for sin!

Why, then, am I so vexed with fears, doubts, and unbelief?
Because I am sinful. On that very account, Jesus, who knew
no sin, was made sin--that I, who knew no righteousness,
might be made the righteousness of God in Him.

But I am a great sinner! But Jesus is a Savior, and a great One!

Where is boasting now? See--it is great mercy in God, great
merit in Christ--which saves a great sinner! Since rich and free
grace builds the temple of salvation--let it have all the glory!

But I fall often into the same sin! That is my failing, over
which I ought to mourn, and by which I should be driven out
of all boasting in my own holiness, high attainments, and
religious duties; and cry, with tears of holy joy, "Grace, grace
to Him who has laid the foundation, carries on the whole work
of redemption, and will, with shouting bring forth the topstone!"

Now, law, what have you to do with me? Go to my
Surety, Jesus! O curse! you have lighted on His head,
that the blessing might rest on mine!

Though once I dared not lift my eyes heavenward, for fear
of divine wrath--yet now I may come boldly to the throne
of grace, and claim the blessings of His purchase!

Though my sin offends Him--I shall never sin away His love,
nor His presence altogether. For He shall come a second
time, to deliver me from all my inherent sinfulness!

Though my sin is my burden--it shall not be my bane! Yet
I shall never willingly let the traitor rest in my bosom--which
would persuade my soul into rebellion against my dearest
Lord, and best Friend. I may have continual war with the
invader--but shall obtain the victory at last! Meanwhile, I
will grieve more for offending Him whose name is Love, by
my sin--than for the clouds, afflictions, and chastisements
which seize me because of my sinfulness.

Now, with the arms of my faith, I clasp the promise--and
Jesus in the promise! Here will I live, and here will I die,
blessing God, who causes me always to triumph in Jesus
Christ my Lord!

4 Comments:

Blogger Bhedr said...

All of these posts have been such a blessing and encouragement. To know other men faced such battles is balm for the soul. I don't know how he can love any one of us, but I am so filled with bliss that he does.

I love this quote>Though my sin is my burden--it shall not be my bane!

Keep us delighting in the cross.

February 19, 2006 5:21 PM

 
Blogger bluecollar said...

Hey Brian: Thanks for coming by. You urge me to,"Keep us delighting in the cross." After thinking long and hard the last 2 or 3 days about doing a post on Calvinism, I have decided against doing that, not on this blog. All I want to do is focus on the Beauty Of Christ. This very post sums up my personal beliefs as good as any I've seen. Look at CHrist, focus only on Him, and keep on looking at Him and Him alone.

Please remember to love all the brethren, even those on the other side of the Calvinist divide. I know that it is hard sometimes not to get upset with people that don't see things our way, but they ARE our brothers and sisters and the Lord would have us to walk in love with them as we would with those who do agree with us. This past December I had to apologize to somebody that I had very strong feelings against. It was another blogger and God's word had to be obeyed, so I confessed to him that I was wrong, and asked his forgiveness.

May we both walk in love towards those who have called on the Lord for salvation

February 19, 2006 11:07 PM

 
Blogger Bhedr said...

Brother let me simply say that its not about Calvinism. I've never read any of Calvins work. I may be sympathetic towards some of the teaching but I have no dog in this fight.The reason here for my resistance to some of these people is Some of us came from the same backgrounds and I am aware from experience tactics that are used and so in my case since I am wise to it...to pacify evil is wrong. It says that in the book of proverbs.

I am not going to say any more. I have shut my blog down. I see little benefit in this blogdome. Your posts are good however if you can stay focused like this.

Like Shawn it is becoming an addiction for me and I think some posts are just ment to stir more impulse and I am tired...gotta get away.

February 21, 2006 5:46 PM

 
Blogger Bhedr said...

BTW, Terry Rayburn over at Grace For Life has written on this well. He posts about every two weeks or so but they are good.

February 21, 2006 5:48 PM

 

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