Monday, December 6, 2010

Still He Comes Within Us

This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. I Timothy 2:3-4

The second verse of this hymn reminds us that Jesus is coming again - and that He desires us to be followers of His before He comes, because His second coming will result in the wheat being separated from the chaff. His coming will be terrible for those who don't know Him - for they will face an eternity separated from Him, in hell.

That's pretty harsh - but it's what the Bible says. I'm so glad for the truth earlier in that verse: still He comes within us (through the work of His Holy Spirit) to win us from the sin that hurts us. He comes to convert our foolish errors into His truth! What a wonderful Savior!

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forevermore. Amen. Galatians 1:3-5

For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:13-14

Dear Lord,
Thank You for coming as a human baby to grow up and live on earth and experience the whole spectrum of human emotion. Thank You that because of that, You can identify with me. Thank You for Your sacrifice on the cross that rescued me from my life of sin. Thank You for leaving Your helper, the Holy Spirit, who works within me. I eagerly wait for You to come again; come quickly, Lord Jesus!

In Your Name,

Once He Came in Blessing
Words by Johann Roh

Once He came in blessing,
All our ills redressing,
Came in likeness lowly,
Son of God most holy;
Bore the cross to save us,
Hope and freedom gave us.

Still He comes within us,
Still His voice would win us
From the sins that hurt us;
Would to truth convert us
From our foolish errors,
Ere He comes in terrors.

Thus if Thou hast known Him,
Not ashamed to own Him,
Nor dost love Him coldly,
But will trust Him boldly,
He will now receive thee,
Heal thee, and forgive thee.

He who well endureth,
Bright reward secureth;
Come, then, O Lord Jesus,
From our sins release us;
Let us here confess Thee,
Till in Heav’n we bless Thee.

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