Monday, December 10, 2012

Lyra Fidelium: ARTICLE V. "He descended into hell: the third day He rose again from the dead."

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 descended into hell: the third day He rose again from the dead."
"I am He that liveth and was dead, and behold I am alive for evermore, Amen;
and have the keys of Hell and of Death
[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. 168.)

1. ALL the sacrifice is ended',
Breathed His Body's latest breath,
And His human Soul hath wended
Where the weary rest beneath;
Christ as Man hath comprehended
All the human law of death!

2. Yet not there His Soul remaineth
Nor His Body in the tomb:
Lo! what sudden glory gaineth
Quick dominion o'er the gloom!
Yea, o'er Death and Hell He reigneth
Bursting back the gates of doom!

3. Manifold the attestation
Brethren tell the marvel o'er,
And the soldiers from their station,
And the Angels at the door,
And His Own Word's revelation,
"Lo! I live for evermore."

4. Hail, thou Morn of Resurrection,
Primal holy Easter Day!
Now the hours of deep dejection
'Neath the night-clouds' dark array,
Foes' reviling, friends' defection,
In thy glory pass away!

5. Now He lives and reigns for ever!
That we too may enter in
Where eternal life shall never
Taste of sorrow or of sin,
Where from Him no death shall sever
Those He vanquished death to win.

6. Saviour! in our night of weeping
Tell us of the joyful morn,
Guard our souls, their vigil keeping
In the hours of hate and scorn
Raise us falling, wake us sleeping,
Till our Easter Day be born.

   I believe that, when the sufferings of Christ were finished by death upon the Cross, His Soul entered the place of the departed spirits of the blest, and that so He underwent all the human law of death: but that as God suffered not His Holy One in the Body to see corruption, so neither did He leave His Soul in Hell: for that, dying on the Friday and resting in the grave on the Sabbath day, He did on the morning of the first day of the week, the third day of His death, return to life again, Soul and Body being re-united. --------------------------------------------------------------------------
"It is finished." (John 19:30)
"He gave up the ghost." (Luke 23:46)
"Now that He ascended, what is it but that He also descended first?" (Ephesians 4:9)
"In Paradise." (Luke 23:43)
"He became obedient unto death." (Philippians 2:8)

"Thou wilt not leave My Soul in Hell:" (Psalm 16:10a)
"Neither wilt Thou suffer Thy Holy One to see corruption." (Psalm 16:10b)
"Christ, being raised from the dead, dieth no more: death hath no more dominion over Him." (Romans 6:9)
"That through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, even the devil, and deliver," &c. (Hebrews 2:14 &c.)

"Him God raised up from the dead, and shewed Him openly." (Acts 10:40)
"The Lord is risen indeed."-"We have seen the lord." (Luke 24:34 - John 20:25)
"Some of the watch shewed all the things that were done." (Matthew 28:11)
"Two Angels in white said, He is not here but is risen." (Luke 24:4-5)
"Behold, I am alive for evermore." (Revelation 1:18)

" Upon the first day of the week." (Luke 24:1)
" Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us : therefore let us keep the Feast." (1 Corinthians 5:7-8)
" Why weepest thou ?" (John 20:13 & 15)
" The Lord is King, and hath put on glorious apparel."
" This is the day which the Lord hath made: we will rejoice and be glad in it." (Psalm 118:24)

"He shall reign for ever and ever." (Revelation 11:15)
"Raised again for our justification." (Romans 2:25)
"There shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying ... and there shall be no more curse." (Revelation 21:4; 22:3)
"For I am persuaded that neither death ... shall be able to separate us-" (Romans 8:38)
"Our Saviour JESUS Christ, Who hath abolished death." (2 Timothy 1:10)

"Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning." (Psalm 30:5)
"Unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time." (Hebrews 9:28)
"To withstand in the evil day." (Ephesians 6:13)
"Let us watch and be sober." (1 Thessalonians 5:6)
"Till the Day dawn and the Day-star arise." (2 Peter 1:19)

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