Saturday, October 10, 2009

Why stagger at this word of promise?

By grace I'm saved, grace free and boundless

Words: Christian L Scheidt (1709-1761)

By grace I'm saved, grace free and boundless;
My soul, believe and doubt it not.
Why stagger at this word of promise?
Hath scripture ever falsehood taught?
No! then this word must true remain:
By grace thou, too, shalt heaven obtain.

By grace! None dare lay claim to merit;
Our works and conduct have no worth.
God in His love sent our Redeemer,
Christ Jesus, to this sinful earth;
His death did for our sins atone
And we are saved by grace alone.

By grace! O, mark this word of promise
When thou art by thy sins oppressed,
When Satan plagues thy troubled conscience
And when thy heart is seeking rest.
What reason cannot comprehend
God by His grace to thee doth send.

By grace! This ground of faith is certain;
So long as God is true, it stands.
What saints have penned by inspiration,
What in His word our God commands,
What our whole faith must rest upon,
Is grace alone, grace in His Son.



Anonymous said...

Why stagger? Because when I consider who I really am, then the thought of grace is not only staggering, but fearful. To truly understand the paradox of being loved while in rebellion against the Lover, causes me not only to stagger, but also to collapse. For Him to love me, defies explanation. If He can do that – then He can do anything.

Loy Mershimer said...

It was when we were "yet at enmity with Him that He died for us."

Yes, it is a paradox. Yes, it is a stumbling block. This paradox of Love on a Cross is termed the Scandalon in Scripture -- this Person of Love is the greatest scandal ever: the Stone of Stumbling laid in Zion.

All must stumble at this. But thankfully, we can stumble upon the Stone and find that He is a Rock beneath us -- the Rock of our Salvation.

This Rock can turn our rebellion into joy -- hard hearts to heart of flesh, self-centeredness to true servanthood -- becoming for us the foundation of Life, abundant and eternal.

Alleluia! I bow at this, too.