Thursday, September 1, 2011

From whence this fear and unbelief?

All Christians, in differing degrees, have times or moments of fear and unbelief and feelings of condemnation. This hymn of Augustus Toplady provides rich truths regarding our position in Christ for those times when we feel we are under condemnation. Toplady poses three rhetorical questions and provides answers that convey a seeming amazement that such questions could be posed if the person asking them really understood all that Christ has done for them. When we sin or when our faith is weak and we are soul-weary, let us be quick to "trust in His efficacious blood, nor fear thy banishment from God, since Jesus died for thee."

From whence this fear and unbelief?
Hath not the Father put to grief
His spotless Son for me?
And will the righteous Judge of men
Condemn me for that debt of sin
Which, Lord, was charged on Thee?

Complete atonement Thou hast made,

And to the utmost Thou hast paid
Whate'er Thy people owed;
How then can wrath on me take place,
If sheltered in Thy righteousness,
And sprinkled with Thy blood?

If thou hast my discharge procured,

And freely in my room endured
The whole of wrath divine;
Payment God cannot twice demand,
First at my bleeding Surety's hand,
And then again at mine.

Turn then, my soul, unto thy rest!

The merits of thy great High Priest
Have bought thy liberty;
Trust in His efficacious blood,
Nor fear thy banishment from God,
Since Jesus died for thee.

- Augustus M. Toplady, 1772

But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed. -  Isaiah 53:5

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