Monday, December 10, 2012

Lyra Fidelium: ARTICLE X. “the forgiveness of sins.”

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."
“the forgiveness of sins.”
“Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much.”
[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.]
(T u n e No. 14.)

1. WEARY of earth and laden with my sin,
I look at Heaven and long to enter in,
But there no evil thing may find a home-
And yet I hear a Voice that bids me " Come."

2. So vile I am, how dare I hope to stand
In the pure glory of that Holy Land?
Before the whiteness of that Throne appear ?--
Yet there are Hands stretched out to draw me near.

3. The while I fain would tread the Heavenly Way,
Seems evil ever with me day by day;
Yet on mine ears the gracious tidings fall,
Repent, confess, and thou art loosed from all."

4. It is the voice of JESUS that I hear
His are the Hands stretched out to draw me near,
And His the Blood that can for all atone,
And set me faultless there before the throne.

5. 'Twas He Who found me on the deathly wild,
And made me heir of Heaven, the Father's child,
And day by-day, whereby my soul may live,
Giveth His grace of pardon, and will give.

6. O great Absolver! grant my soul may wear
The lowliest garb of penitence and prayer,
That in the Father's courts my glorious dress
May be the garment of Thy righteousness.

7. Yea, Thou wilt answer for me, Righteous Lord!
Thine all the merits, mine the great reward;
Thine the sharp thorns, and mine the golden crown,
Mine the life won and Thine the life laid down!

8. Nought can I bring, dear Lord, for all I owe,
 Yet let my full heart, what it can, bestow;
 Like that sweet nard, let my devotion prove,
 Greatly forgiven, how I greatly love. Amen.

        I believe that all men are concluded under sin, and therefore subject to the penalty of  eternal punishment; that the Son of God gave Himself to ransom and release us; and because without shedding of blood is no remission, He gave His life a sacrifice for sin, and shed His precious Blood as the price of propitiation; and that He appointed in the Church of Christ the Sacrament of Baptism for the first remission, and repentance for the constant forgiveness of all following trespasses.
"...Ye that labour and are heavy laden."
" I have longed for Thy salvation, 0 Lord."
" There shall in no wise enter into it anythin-- that defileth."
"Come unto ME, ... and I will give you rest."
"Behold, I am vile: what shall I answer Thee?"
"Thy people also shall be all righteous, they shall inherit the Land."
"The Great White Throne."
"I, if I be lifted up, will draw all men unto ME."
"To will is present with me."
"In me, that is in my flesh, dwelleth no good thing."
"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
"At that time JESUS answered and said Come unto ME."
" The Son of Man is come to seek and to save."
" The Blood of JESUS Christ His Son cleansetli from all sin."
"Him that is able to present you faultless," &c.
"He was lost and is found."
"Ye have received the Spirit of Adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father."
"He will abundantly pardon."
"Whosesoever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them."
" In Whom we have ... the forgiveness of sins."
" God be merciful to me, a sinner."
"Bring forth the best robe and put it on him."
"A wedding garment."

"We have an advocate with the Father, JESUS Christ the Riohteous, and He is the propitiation for our sins."
 "Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us unto God by Thy Blood."
"Who ... bare our sins in His own Body ... that we should live unto righteousness."
"When they had nothing to pay, He frankly forgave  them."
"Her sins ... are forgiven her, for she loved much."
"Ye are bought with a price; therefore glorify GOD your body and your spirit, which are God's."

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