(After the Rev. James McCarthy)
“Whatever he may owe, my friend,
Put that to my account.
I promise I myself will pay
To you the full amount.”
So Paul became the Surety
For him, the runaway,
As Christ my debt did undertake
To free me on That Day.
For imputation laid my sins
Upon His spotless soul.
And all God’s wrath, He satisfied,
Not partly, but the whole.
Blest Grace that paid what I could not
And kindly gave to me
His perfect righteousness so pure
That I His face may see.
Question 16. Why must he be very man, and also perfectly righteous?
Answer: Because the justice of God requires that the same human nature which has sinned, should likewise make satisfaction for sin; and one, who is himself a sinner, cannot satisfy for others.
Question 17. Why must he in one person be also very God?
Answer: That he might, by the power of his Godhead sustain in his human nature, the burden of God’s wrath; and might obtain for, and restore to us, righteousness and life.
Question 18. Who then is that Mediator, who is in one person both very God, and a real righteous man?
Answer: Our Lord Jesus Christ: “who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.”
Question 19. From where do you know this?
Answer: From the holy gospel, which God himself first revealed in Paradise; and afterwards published by the patriarchs and prophets, and represented by the sacrifices and other ceremonies of the law; and lastly, has fulfilled it by his only begotten Son.
“I measure ministers by square measure. I have no idea of the size of a table, if you only tell me how long it is; but if you also say how broad, I can tell its dimensions. So when you tell me what a man is in the pulpit, you must also tell me what he is out of it, or I shall not know his size.”
——From Mr. Newton’s Memoirs
This past Wednesday we sang this hymn at prayer meeting. Parts of it have stuck with me since then.
Augustus M. Toplady and William Croft
If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. John 7:37
Fountain of never ceasing grace, Thy saints’ exhaustless theme, Great object of immortal praise, Essentially supreme;
We bless thee for the glorious fruits Thine incarnation gives; The righteousness which grace imputes, And faith alone receives.
In thee we have a righteousness By God himself approved; Our rock, our sure foundation this, Which never can be moved.
Our ransom by thy death was paid, For all thy people giv’n, The law thou perfectly obeyed, That they might enter heav’n.
As all, when Adam sinned alone, In his transgression died, So by the righteousness of one Are sinners justified;
We to thy merit, gracious Lord, With humblest joy submit, Again to Paradise restored, In thee alone complete. Amen.
Trinity Hymnal #440
“Bad things happen to bad people, good things happen to bad people, but there is no such thing as bad things happening to good people. There is no one good, no not one.”
This is from Michael Horton’s book – A Place For Weakness.