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In Christ Alone

In Christ Alone - part 1

I lift my eyes to the hills -

     where does my help come from?

My help comes from the LORD,

     the Maker of heaven and earth.

    So states the Psalmist [Ps. 121:1 - 2].

    A modern day Christian singer / songwriter would agree.

In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
this cornerstone, this solid ground,
firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace, 
when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all,
here in the love of Christ I stand. 

Over the next wee while I would like to invite you to examine the lyrics of this wonderful praise item, composed by Stuart Townend, and grasp some of the great theological truths contained in this song. 

The Psalmist and Stuart Townend have grasped the glorious fact that in god times, in average times, and in bad times such as we are experiencing at the moment, there is one glorious and unchanging truth: there is hope, true hope, and that hope is found in Christ alone!

Lockdowns, confinement to barracks, social distancing, isolation, restrictions on movement, the shutting down of church premises, none of these affect or limit Jesus the Christ, ‘Maker of heaven and earth’, God made flesh, King of kings, and Lord of lords.

In the midst of our current crisis it might seem hard to discern how God is in control, what the next wee while will bring, what society will be like when what passes for normality resumes.

 BUT of one thing we can be sure God in Jesus the Christ never changes, he ‘is the same yesterday and today and for ever’ [Heb. 13:8], and he keeps all his promises, including each of the following:

“Never will I leave you;

never will I forsake you.”      [Heb. 13:5b)]

“. . .  I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”                 [Mtt. 28:20b)]

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”            [Jn. 14:27]

Yours in Christ,

Douglas

 

part 2

In Christ alone my hope is found,

He is my light, my strength, my song;

this cornerstone, this solid ground,

firm through the fiercest drought and storm.

What heights of love, what depths of peace,

when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!

My comforter, my all in all,

here in the love of Christ I stand.

 As I have already stated I would like to invite you to examine the lyrics of this wonderful praise item, composed by Stuart Townend, and grasp some of the great theological truths contained in this song. By the grace of God if we were to examine in any depth all of the theological truths in this praise item then we would still be examining them long after the Coronavirus will be a bad memory from a distant past!

In Christ alone

Let’s be clear right from the start, true hope is found only in Jesus the Christ who is the only way by which anyone can come to God the Father.            [see John 14:6]

In Christ alone my hope is found

What is this hope? It is the hope that we have in the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. While once we were alienated from God, now, through the death and resurrection of Jesus the Christ:         we can receive eternal life through placing our faith in God in Jesus the Christ; we shall stand justified before God on the day of judgment; we shall receive from God that glorious inheritance that awaits us in glory - an inheritance that will never perish, spoil or fade.                                         [see Colossians. 1:21 - 23; 1 Peter 1:3 - 5]

Of course our hope is not just a ‘what’.

Who is our hope? Our hope is, of course, Jesus the Christ. This glorious hope of which we speak, is found only in Christ alone!

No Christ in your life - no hope!

Christ in your life - the hope of glory!

In Christ, who is the light of the world, we receive light and become the light of the world!       [see Jn. 8:12;9:5; Mtt. 5:13 - 16]

In Christ who is the cornerstone of our life we receive strength, and find solid ground for our feet to see us through life’s storms and challenges.    [see Eph. 2: 19- 21; 1 Pet. 2:6] Through this current crisis let us allow God to work through us as we stand in and on Christ alone, letting him shine light into our dark situation, giving hope to our needy world.

Remember:

God shall find a way where there seems to be no way.

Yours in Christ,

Douglas

 

Part 3

In Christ alone my hope is found,

He is my light, my strength, my song;

this cornerstone, this solid ground,

firm through the fiercest drought and storm.

What heights of love, what depths of peace,

when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!

My comforter, my all in all,

here in the love of Christ I stand.

 As we continue to examine the lyrics of this wonderful praise item, composed by Stuart Townend, and grasp some of the great theological truths contained in this song, we turn to the last half of verse one.

What heights of love, what depths of peace

See Ephesians 3:14 - 21. Paul speaks about the amazing width, length, height, and depth of God’s love for us in Jesus the Christ. A love that moved Christ to give up all the glory, honour, splendour and majesty of heaven to humble himself to become one of us that he might die in our place so that we might live eternally with God, our sin having been paid for by the blood of Christ on the cross at Calvary.         [see Corinthians 8:9; Matthew 1:21; Hebrews 9:22]

In Christ, and in him alone, through the depth of his love, we receive that peace of God that transcends all understanding.     [see John 14:27; Romans 8:38 - 39]

when fears are stilled, and strivings cease!

Immediately we are drawn back to the amazing love of God in Jesus the Christ.

Why do we fear when God loves us?

As John wrote, ‘perfect love drives out fear . .’ [see 1 Jn. 4:18]

Jesus the Christ said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me.”          [see John 14:1]

As for striving . . .

The Teacher in Ecclesiastes laments:

‘What does a man get for all the toil and anxious strivings with which he labours under the sun?’              [Eccl. 2:22]

Paul writes that we are saved by grace, through faith not by works!            [see Ephesians 2:8 - 9]

And Jesus the Christ warns against service without a living relationship with himself.             [Matthew 7:21 - 23]

My comforter, my all in all

Jesus promised, and Jesus has sent in to the hearts of every Christian, the Holy Spirit, who, amongst other things is our comforter / Counsellor.           [see John 14: 15 - 27; 16:5 - 16]

Christ shall never short change us, he is our all in all!

Thus surely we can echo Townend’s declaration of faith:

‘here in the love of Christ I stand.’

Yours in Christ,

Douglas

 

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