Monday, December 10, 2012

Lyra Fidelium: ARTICLE XII. "the life everlasting"

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 life everlasting"
"These shall go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into life eternal”
[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. 209.)

1. THE world is sad with hopes that die,
With joys that gleam and then go by,
And dim the mortal eyes that gaze
On setting suns of parting days.

2. Better the hope, the joy, the light
For spiritual heart and sight!
For they whose life is hid on high
Shall never part and never die.

3. They never part! that saintly band,
Heirs of the heavenly, holy land;
Whom God the Spirit hath made one
With GOD the Father and the Son.

4. They never die! the deathly strife
But ushers them to glorious life:
From their last enemy they gain
Their birth to bliss, their end to pain.

5. But woe to them whose hearts are given
To joys and treasures not of Heaven;
Their wild awaking is to shame,
The second death in endless flame.

6. O JESU, teach our hearts to soar
And grasp those things which are before,
That after death our life may be
The immortality with Thee!   Amen.

        I believe that the unjust after their resurrection shall be tormented for their sins in hell: that the punishment shall be in proportion to their guilt, and that it shall be everlasting; that the just after their resurrection and absolution shall obtain the inheritance promised to the saints, shall be freed from all death and sin and sorrow, and shall continue with God and the Lamb in absolute and inconceivable happiness for ever.
"THE fashion of this world passeth away."
"The things which are seen are temporal."
"Man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets."
"Your joy no man taketh from you."
"The things which are not seen are eternal."
"Your life is hid with Christ in God: when Christ, Who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory."
"There shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying."
"...inheritance incorruptible and undefiled, and that findeth not away."
"As many as are led by the Spirit of God they are...heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ."

"Whosoever liveth and believeth in ME shall never die."
"...deliver them who through fear of death were ... subject to bondage."
" Who hath abolished death, and brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel."
"Thou fool, . . . so is he that layeth up treasure to himself, and is not rich toward GOD."
"...shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death."

"Forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before."
"For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive."

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