Monday, December 10, 2012

Lyra Fidelium: ARTICLE VI. "He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father, Almighty."

Lyra Fidelium: Twelve Hymns on the Twelve Articles of the Apostle's Creed
by S. J. Stone, B.A.,
"I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the understanding also."

"He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father, Almighty."
"Whom have I in heaven but thee?"
[Editor's note:  In the 1866 version of Lyra Fidelium  Scriptures  were placed beside  each verse in the twelve  hymns. The Scriptures supporting each hymn are numbered below the summary.]
(Tune No. 11.)

1. ON Olivet a little band
Around their risen Master stand:
And after charge and blessing given,
He passeth from them into Heaven.

2. Wistful their eyes, but Angels twain
Cheer them with glorious words: "Again
One day shall Jesus even so
Return, as ye have seen Him go.,'

3. Till then in Heaven He doth remain,
True GOD, at GOD'S right Hand to reign,
True MAN, at human woes to grieve,
True GOD, Almighty to relieve.

4. For every soul in every need
He ever lives to intercede,
Presenting there within the Veil
A Sacrifice that cannot fail.

5. Our heavenly great High Priest He stands:
By pierced Feet, and pierced Hands,
By bleeding Brow and'riven Side,
He lives to plead for whom He died!

6. Whom have we, Lord, in Heaven but Thee?
Like ships safe moored on stormy sea
Our souls in peril, with Thee there
Find anchorage of hope and prayer.

7. Set loose from earth, and evermore
Fast bound to that eternal shore,
So all our life and love shall be,
Ascended Master, hid with Thee!   Amen.

   I believe that the Son of God after He rose from the dead did in His human nature, with the same -Body and Soul with which He rose, convey Himself from earth into the Heaven of Heavens, there to reign as a Judge and as a King in everlasting happiness at the right hand of God the Father Alighty-that is to say, with Divine majesty and power, exercising His High Priestly office of Mediator and Intercessor to the end of the world."   

"AND HE led them out as far as to Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them."
"And when He had spoken these things, while they beheld Him He was taken up."

"And while they looked stedfastly toward Heaven, behold two men stood by them in white apparel."
"Which also said, This same jesus shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go."
"Who is gone into Heaven and is at the right hand of God: angels and authorities and powers being made subject to Him."
"We have not an High Priest Which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities."
"This is the true God and eternal life."
"He is able to save to the uttermost them that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them."
". . . within the Vail; whither the Forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an High Priest."
"Such an High Priest ... in the Heavens."
"By His own Blood He entered in once into the Holy Place."
"We have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the.Righteous, and He is the propitiation for our sins."

"Whom have I in Heaven but Thee?"
"Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the Veil."
"If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth."
"Set your affection on things above."
"For ... your life is hid with Christ in God."

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