Archive for July, 2013

The Name of Jesus (Hymn)

The Name of Jesus
William C. Martin (1902)

The name of Jesus is so sweet,
I love its music to repeat;
It makes my joys full and complete,
The precious name of Jesus!

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“Jesus,” O how sweet the name!
“Jesus,” every day the same;
“Jesus,” let all saints proclaim
Its worthy praise forever!

I love the name of Him Whose heart
Knows all my griefs and bears a part;
Who bids all anxious fears depart,
I love the name of Jesus!

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That name I fondly love to hear,
It never fails my heart to cheer;
Its music dries the falling tear,
Exalt the name of Jesus!

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No word of man can ever tell
How sweet the name I love so well;
O let its praises ever swell,
O praise the name of Jesus!

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I have to confess that I really don’t even know the tune for this hymn.  I was actually looking for another hymn by a similar name and came across this one.  I thought I would go ahead and post it because of the great words.  Any song that exalts the name of Jesus like this one does is a good song.  “The name of Jesus is so sweet, I love its music to repeat…”  Amen to that!  Now I just have to find the tune so I can sing it…

Sight and Blindness

And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.  And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?  Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.

John 9:39-41

After healing a man who had been blind from his birth, Jesus got into a discussion with the Pharisees.  He used the healing of the man who had been given sight as a metaphor for his spiritual condition. The man who had been blind understood exactly what He was saying, but the overly religious Pharisees could not understand it.

Jesus told them this: “If ye were blind, ye should have no sin…”  He told them that if they could see that they were spiritually blind, they could be made to see.  If they could admit that they did indeed have sin in their lives, then they could see the need for a Saviour from that sin.  As people today, we have to come to the understanding that we are sinners.  We have to admit to ourselves and to God that we have sin in our lives.  It is at that point that God can help us.

But He also told them this: “…but now ye say, We see: therefore your sin remaineth.”  As long as the Pharisees (or anyone else) refused to see their true condition and their true need, they would remain in their sin.  As long as they thought that they “could see,” they would never come to Jesus for the sight that only He can give.

We should always remember that we are sinners and, as sinners, we desperately need a Saviour.

I Was Blind, Now I See

Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him.  Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner.  He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.  Then said they to him again, What did he to thee?  how opened he thine eyes?  He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again?  will ye also be his disciples?

John 9:23-27

Jesus met a man who had been blind from birth and healed him.  Of course, the Pharisees and other religious leaders had a problem with his testimony.  They could not accept the fact that Jesus had healed this man.  After they didn’t believe him, they asked his parents about it.  They told them the same thing.  When they were asked a second time, they told the Pharisees “ask him.”  And when they did, he gave them an answer that resonates through the ages: “Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that whereas I was blind, now I see.”  “one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.”

He didn’t know everything about Jesus.  He didn’t understand all of the doctrines of salvation and the forgiveness of sins.  But he did know that he had been blind and he did know that he could now see.  I have been a Christian for quite a few years.  I don’t understand everything about God, Jesus and the Bible.  But I do know that I was blind in my sins.  And I do know that now I can see.  What a wonderful truth and what a wonderful Saviour!

God Knows

And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.  And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?  Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

John 9:1-3

In this story, Jesus met a man who had been blind from his birth.  The disciples, immediately thinking that this disability was a punishment for sin, asked Jesus who had sinned to cause his condition.  The answer Jesus gave them was one that we should remember in our dealings with people every day.

Jesus told them “Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.”  He told them that this man’s condition was not the result of some sin.  This man was blind that “the works of God should be made manifest in him.”  God was going to use this man and his condition to show Himself strong and capable of miracles.

The disciples couldn’t see all of God’s plan.  This man couldn’t see all of God’s plan for his life.  This man’s family and friends couldn’t see all of God’s plan.  Only God could see the beginning from the end.  God had a definite and specific purpose for this man, even though it took years for anyone to see it.

As we go through life and look at other people (or even ourselves), we need to remember this.  We are not omniscient.  We cannot see the beginning from the end like God can.  We need to believe Him and trust Him.  We need to do what we are supposed to do and allow God to work in His way and in His time.

Favorite Verses: Psalm 51:1-17

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.  Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.  For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.  Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.  Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.  Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.  Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.  Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.  Hid thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.  Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.  Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.  Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.  The will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.  Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.  O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.  For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.  The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Psalm 51:1-17

To me, there is no great passage in the Bible dealing with the guilt and the feelings that sin brings and the path to forgiveness and restoration that the penitent person needs to follow.  It is a story of sin and redemption.  It is our story.  What a wonderful Saviour!

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Favorite Verses: Romans 5:20

For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.  Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound.  But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.  That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 5:19-21

“…where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.”

How many Christians could claim this verse as their own?  How many Christians have claimed this verse at one time or another in their lives?  So often, we allow sin to abound in our lives.  Sometimes in our lives, we find ourselves in the position of the prodigal son, having strayed from the Father.  We might wonder if the Lord can and will forgive us.  Then we find this verse.

“…where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.”

We might come across a person who does not know the Lord Jesus.  They look at their lives of sin and they know that they are unworthy of a Saviour.  They look at their “abounding sing” and they are afraid to come to Jesus for forgiveness.

“…where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.”

Any sin we commit is a sin against a holy God.  Any sin we commit is rebellion against Him.  Sadly, sin not only happens, but it often “abounds.”  But it is important for us to remember that, “…where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.”

We should never underestimate the grace of God in our lives.  We can look at all of our vile, evil, filthy sin and we can know that God’s grace is greater than all of it.  Grace did much more abound.  Yes it did and Yes it does.

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My Redeemer (Hymn)

My Redeemer
Philip P. Bliss (1876)

I will sing of my Redeemer,
And His wondrous love to me;
On the cruel cross He suffered,
From the curse to set me free.

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Sing, oh sing, of my Redeemer,
With His blood, He purchased me.
On the cross, He sealed my pardon,
Paid the debt, and made me free.

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I will tell the wondrous story,
How my lost estate to save.
In His boundless love and mercy,
He the ransom freely gave.

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I will praise my dear Redeemer,
His triumphant power I’ll tell,
How the victory He giveth
Over sin, and death, and hell.

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I will sing of my Redeemer,
And His heav’nly love to me;
He from death to life hath brought me,
Son of God with Him to be.

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This was the last hymn that the great hymn writer P.P. Bliss wrote, and it is a good one.  Whenever we sing “hymns and spiritual songs,” this is what we are singing about.  “I will sing of my Redeemer, and His wondrous love to me…”  That’s what it’s all about and that’s what our singing should be all about.

Favorite Verses: John 6:37

All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

John 6:37

This verse had to go in my list of favorite verses because it has to be one of the most encouraging verses in the entire Bible.  Many people through the years have found comfort in this very verse, and it is still a great source of comfort to many even today.

“…him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”  Often, we feel (rightly so) that we are unworthy of the blessings that the Lord has given us.  We feel unworthy of salvation and we feel unworthy of forgiveness.  Sometimes, as Christians, we sin and we are we afraid and ashamed to come to the Lord Jesus for forgiveness.  There are some who feel that they have let Him down in some way and can never come to Him.  But then they find this verse.

“…him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”  Have you sinned?  Come to Him and He has promised that He will not cast you out.  Are you alone and in the depths of depression?  Come to Him and He has promised that He will not cast you out.  Have you made a failure of your entire life?  Come to Him and He has promised that He will not cast you out.

We should never fear coming to Jesus.  We should never come to Him with the idea that He might reject us for one reason or another.  “…him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”  Come to Jesus.  Come freely.  Come quickly.  Come often.  Come always.  And rest in the knowledge that He will never cast you out!

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Favorite Verses: Romans 5:1

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:  By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Romans 5:1-2

If you have noticed, many of my favorite verses come from the book of Romans.  That is simply because the book of Romans is my favorite book of the Bible.  It is the book in which we find the clearest passages on the doctrines of salvation.  The Lord Jesus used Romans 5:1 carried me through some difficult times in my spiritual life and it will forever be one of my favorite verses.

“Therefore being justified by faith…”  We have looked at a couple of other verses in Romans that deal with the doctrine of justification.  Because we have been declared righteous because of the finished work of Jesus Christ, we can come to the second part of this verse: “…we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

We didn’t always have peace with God.  Romans 8:7 tells us “…the carnal mind is enmity with God.”  James 4:4 says “…whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”  Before coming to Jesus, we were enemies of God.  We were part of the world’s system and were at war with Him.  But now, being justified by faith, we can be at “peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  We are enemies no more.  Verse 2 goes on to tell us that we are standing in grace and can “rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.”  It doesn’t get any better than that.  There is no higher level of being at peace with God.  And it is all “through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  What a wonderful Saviour!

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Favorite Verses: Isaiah 38:17

Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.

Isaiah 38:17

A lot of people have what they consider a “life verse,” a verse that they have kind of claimed as their own.  There are many verses that I have claimed from time to time, but I always come back to this one.  I can’t think of any other verse that describes my life better than this one.  Many Christians could also say the same thing about their lives.

“Behold, for peace I had great bitterness…”  Before we come to the Lord Jesus Christ, we did not know peace.  There are people all over the world looking for peace.  They search their entire lives for something that gives them peace, but they can’t find it.  Where they would find peace, they find only bitterness.  That is the lot of those who do not know Jesus Christ.  But, thankfully, it doesn’t end there.

“…but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.”

When we searched for peace and found nothing but bitterness, Jesus had love and pity toward us.  He delivered us from the pit of corruption.  He has “cast all my sins behind His back.”  Sometimes we might think about all of our past sins.  Sometimes those can weigh on us, even though we know that they are forgiven.  Sometimes they can even threaten to take away our peace and bring us back to our state of bitterness.  But He has cast them behind His back.

We have peace, we have been delivered from the pit of corruption, and He hast cast all our sins behind His back.  What a wonderful verse and a wonderful Saviour!

I will be away from the computer for a couple of weeks.  Feel free to comment, and I will respond when I get back.  Thanks for reading and commenting and God bless!