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Divine

Oh holy night!
The stars are brightly shining
It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth!
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till he appear’d and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!

Fall on your knees
Oh hear the angel voices
Oh night divine
Oh night when Christ was born
Oh night divine
Oh night divine

Truly He taught us to love one another
His law is love and His gospel is peace
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His name all oppression shall cease
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name

I love this song. It’s melody has always seemed beautiful and a little melancholy. I was always attracted to the melody and never really paid attention to the words. Apparently, I was missing out.

First verse, “Long lay the world in sin and error pining, Till he appear’d and the soul felt its worth.” I love the imagery painted here!

The entire second is a Gospel bomb! “His law is love and His gospel is peace.” How sweet is He that He makes His law love and the good news that He brings is peace?

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Deeper

I once assumed (along with the vast majority of professing Christians) that the gospel was simply what non-Christians must believe in order to be saved before advancing into deeper theological waters after their conversion. I didn’t realize that once God rescues sinners, his plan isn’t to steer us beyond the gospel but to move us more deeply into it. The good news that Jesus paid it all not only ignites the Christian life but fuels it as well.

Tullian Tchividjian, One Way Love

We never move beyond our need for grace. We never lose the need to stop hearing the good news. There’s nothing to “move on” into.

There’s nothing “deeper” than His grace. There’s nothing more “advanced” than His love for us.  There’s no kiddie pool for new Christians and a bigger/deeper pool for the mature Christians.

It’s ok to splash around in the waters of His love. He’s not scared of getting wet. Act like a kid. Wear swimmies and goggles if you must, just get in.

Herald

Hark the herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled”
Joyful, all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With the angelic host proclaim:
“Christ is born in Bethlehem”
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Christ by highest heav’n adored
Christ the everlasting Lord!
Late in time behold Him come
Offspring of a Virgin’s womb
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail the incarnate Deity
Pleased as man with man to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings
Ris’n with healing in His wings
Mild He lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

This hymn drops gospel bombs out of the gate!

“God and sinners reconciled”

Then the song doesn’t stop!

“Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail the incarnate Deity
Pleased as man with man to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel”

This song is a powerhouse! Finally dropping the whole truth.

“Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth”

What a whole, complete, musical retelling of the gospel! Beginning to end, top to bottom, chocked full of the glorious gospel of Jesus!

Bound

God loves you so utterly and completely that he has given himself for you in Jesus Christ his beloved Son, and has thereby pledged his very being as God for your salvation. In Jesus Christ God has actualised his unconditional love for you in your human nature in such a once for all way, that he cannot go back upon it without undoing the Incarnation and the Cross and thereby denying himself. Jesus Christ died for you precisely because you are sinful and utterly unworthy of him, and has thereby already made you his own before and apart from your ever believing in him. He has bound you to himself by his love in a way that he will never let you go, for even if you refuse him and damn yourself in hell his love will never cease. Therefore, repent and believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour.

T. F. Torrance – The Mediation of Christ

“Bound me to Himself”. Whoa.

Selah.

What a freeing truth! If he’s bound me to Him, what can I do to sever that connection?

38  This is my conviction, no threat whether it be in death or life; be it angelic beings, demon powers or political principalities, nothing known to us at this time, or even in the unknown future;

39  no dimension of any calculation in time or space, nor any device yet to be invented, has what it takes to separate us from the love of God demonstrated in Christ. Jesus is our ultimate authority.

Romans 8:38-39 MIRROR

So, my trust in His ability to bind us together is what connects me to His love. Understand this though, my untrust in His ability to bind us together does not negate His love. It simply blinds me to Him and His love. Trust or faith is simply my agreement with what is actually true.

Pleasure

The Gospel story creates, which is to say re-creates, the prelapsarian garden of Edenic pleasure, and thus Edenic joy.

Jared Wilson, Gospel Deeps

I love this quote from Mr. Wilson. His books Gospel Wakefulness and Gospel Deeps were formative for me and I have revisited them often.

The idea he is conveying is that God through the gospel is putting all things right again. He is restoring us back to the place of pleasure, Eden means pleasure. He is releasing to us the joy of our first love. What level of good news is this?!

The simple, yet profound, idea that God in Christ has fully restored us to the garden of Eden is life-changing.

Included

Mankind’s inclusion in the finished work of Christ doesn’t mean that everybody has received it or is experiencing the benefits of it now or will necessarily experience the benefits of it when they die. The gospel message, however, is that we all are included in Him and what He has done on our behalf. Accept it and be blessed. Reject it to your own peril. The work of God in Jesus through the Spirit is what it is. This gospel we proclaim isn’t a message of what can be but is the good news of what already is in Jesus Christ. We don’t bring a sales pitch to the unbelieving world. We are ambassadors for Christ, and we tell everybody, “God was in Christ reconciling you to Himself. He does not count your sins against you. You are forgiven, and He has received you. Now, receive Him.” These are the two sides to one coin. One side has been settled in eternity, and the other side settles it experientially. One side shows what has happened, and the other side shows what does happen as a person believes on Him. Some Universalists will tell you that faith is a work, but that is nonsense. Faith is the joyful acceptance of what is already true. Faith isn’t something we do but is the spontaneous explosion of an enthusiastic embracing of Jesus and what He has given us in Himself. Do I believe in the ultimate reconciliation of humanity to God? Oh, no. It’s better than that. I believe in the historical reconciliation of humanity to our loving Creator, who is also our Father. Without asking for so much as a nod of approval from us, before we were even born or could have an opinion on the matter, while we were yet helpless, sinners, enemies of God—He went and did it all.

– by Steve McVey from Beyond An Angry God

Simple Declaration

The Gospel is not that if we do something God will move. The Gospel is the simple declaration that He has indeed already moved quite powerfully in the incarnation, death burial, and ascension of Jesus Christ and brought us with Him in all that God has already accomplished to reconcile the cosmos to Himself.

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