Monday, February 13, 2012

What is Faith's Foundation Strong

For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. I Cor. 3:11

Jesus Christ, through His subsitutionary death on the cross, laid the foundation for my faith. I can trust the One who gave His life for me.

He bore my sinful load, so that I can be dead to sin and alive in Him forever.

His death also purchased for me peace with God. When I was dead in my sin, I was separated from God. His sacrifice reconciled me to God, bringing me peace.

When the angels appeared to the shepherds at Jesus' birth, they proclaimed the two reasons for His incarnation: glory for God and peace for men.

“Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”Luke 2:14

We are justified by faith, and because of this, we have peace with God.

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:1-2

Jesus Christ, the crucified, makes it possible for me to live in peace because I have peace with God, which is foundational to all other kinds of peace.

Finally, brethren, rejoice, be made complete, be comforted, be like-minded, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. II Cor. 13:11

That awakes my heart to sing!

Ask Ye What Great Thing I Know
Words by Johann Schwedler

Ask ye what great thing I know,
That delights and stirs me so?
What the high reward I win?
Whose the name I glory in?
Jesus Christ, the Crucified.

What is faith’s foundation strong?
What awakes my heart to song?
He who bore my sinful load,
Purchased for me peace with God,
Jesus Christ, the Crucified.

Who is He that makes me wise
To discern where duty lies?
Who is He that makes me true
Duty, when discerned to do,
Jesus Christ, the Crucified.

Who defeats my fiercest foes?
Who consoles my saddest woes?
Who revives my fainting heart,
Healing all its hidden smart?
Jesus Christ, the Crucified.

Who is life in life to me?
Who the death of death will be?
Who will place me on His right,
With the countless hosts of light?
Jesus Christ, the Crucified.

This is that great thing I know;
This delights and stirs me so;
Faith in Him who died to save,
Him who triumphed over the grave:
Jesus Christ, the Crucified.

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