Theological and Doxological Meditation #20

Deliverance from the Fall

Q. Did God leave all mankind to perish
in the estate of sin and misery?

A. God, having out of his mere good pleasure,
from all eternity elected some to everlasting life (Ephesians 1:4),
did enter into a covenant of grace,
to deliver them out of the estate of sine and misery,
and to bring them into an estate of salvation by a Redeemer
(Romans 3:21-22).

How Vast the Benefits Divine
#470, Trinity Hymnal (© 1990)
Augustus M. Toplady, 1774

Alt. 1961

How vast the benefits divine
which we in Christ possess!
We are redeemed from guilt and shame
and called to holiness.

But not for works which we have done,
or shall hereafter do,
hath God decreed on sinful men
salvation to bestow.

The glory, Lord, from first to last,
is due to thee alone;
aught to ourselves we dare not take,
or rob thee of thy crown.

Our glorious Surety undertook
to satisfy for man,
and grace was given us in him
before the world began.

This is thy will, that in thy love
we ever should abide;
that earth and hell should not prevail
to turn thy word aside.

Not one of all the chosen race
but shall to heav’n attain,
partake on earth the purposed grace
and then with Jesus reign.


2 responses

  1. 2nd Samuel 23:1-5
    These are the final words of David: “The oracle of David son of Jesse, the oracle of the man raised up as the ruler chosen by the God of Jacob,1 Israel’s beloved2 singer of songs: The Lord’s spirit spoke through me; his word was on my tongue. The God of Israel spoke, the protector of Israel spoke to me. The one who rules fairly among men, the one who rules in the fear of God, is like the light of morning when the sun comes up, a morning in which there are no clouds. He is like the brightness after rain that produces grass from the earth. My dynasty is approved by God, for he has made a perpetual (everlasting) covenant with me, arranged in all its particulars and secured. He always delivers me, and brings all I desire to fruition.

    Praise God for his everlasting covenant!

  2. Amen.

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