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G.O.S.P.E.L. Video

I haven’t been posting Gospel Primers because I’ve been slacking. I haven’t set aside the time to gather them and have them all set up and ready to go. Part of it is my own struggles with sin.

I found this great video on the gospel though during the last few days. They take Gospel and make an acronym out of it: God. Our. Sins. Paying. Everyone. Life. (G.O.S.P.E.L.) There is a link on the vimeo page of the video to buy and download it. I just might. Enjoy and pass it on.

Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken

This is one of my favorite songs. In the Hymnal I now have, the verse it choses to have before the song is Luke 9:23. I know there are more. Luke 14:27 is another. Matthew 10:38; Matthew 16:24,25; Mark 8:34,35. These are all of Jesus telling the crowd that if they want to be his disciple, they must take up their own crosses and follow him. They must die to themselves that they might truly live. I have taken up mine. I want to loose my life, that I might gain it. This is my song.

Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken
TEXT: Henry F. Lyre
MUSIC: Leavitt’s The Christian Lyre, 1831; attributed to Wolfgang A. Mozart; arranged by Hubert P. Main

Jesus, I my cross have taken, all to leave and follow Thee.
Destitute, despised, forsaken, Thou from hence my all shall be.
Perish every fond ambition, all I’ve sought or hoped or known.
Yet how rich is my condition! God and Heaven are still mine own.

Let the world despise and leave me, they have left my Savior, too.
Human hearts and looks deceive me; Thou art not, like them, untrue.
And while Thou shalt smile upon me, God of wisdom, love and might,
Foes may hate and friends disown me, show Thy face and all is bright.

Go, then, earthly fame and treasure! Come, disaster, scorn and pain!
In Thy service, pain is pleasure; with Thy favor, loss is gain.
I have called Thee, “Abba, Father”; I have set my heart on Thee:
Storms may howl, and clouds may gather, all must work for good to me.

Man may trouble and distress me, ’twill but drive me to Thy breast.
Life with trials hard may press me; heaven will bring me sweeter rest.
Oh, ’tis not in grief to harm me while Thy love is left to me;
Oh, ’twere not in joy to charm me, were that joy unmixed with Thee.

Take, my soul, thy full salvation; rise o’er sin, and fear, and care;
Joy to find in every station something still to do or bear:
Think what Spirit dwells within thee; what a Father’s smile is thine;
What a Savior died to win thee, child of heaven, shouldst thou repine?

Haste then on from grace to glory, armed by faith, and winged by prayer,
Heaven’s eternal day’s before thee, God’s own hand shall guide thee there.
Soon shall close thy earthly mission, swift shall pass thy pilgrim days;
Hope soon change to glad fruition, faith to sight, and prayer to praise.

You can hear find the lyrics and listen to it on the Cyber Hymnal.

If you haven’t taken up your cross, I plead with you, to take it up. Life is much better. You are living for a much better purpose, the Glory of Christ and the good of sinners.
Taking up your cross is dying to yourself, your sinful self, and letting Christ live through you; his righteousness live through you.
Take up your Cross and be like our God and Saviour Jesus Christ, “who for the joy set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb 12:2). Remember He took up a cross for your sin, not his. Be Like Christ Jesus!

Tim Challies is holding another time of Reading Classics Together. I thought I would join in. The last time He did this I did not know about it. You can still join in. We were supposed to read the forwards and the introduction by Thursday April 24. I missed the date and just read the intro tonight. This is actually my response to the reading. You can check out the this time of Reading Classics Together here

I liked reading the Introduction to Arthur Pink’s The Seven Sayings of the Saviour on the Cross.

SUMMARY
The introduction was about the Features of Christ’s Death. The four sections were that Jesus death was Natural, Unnatural, Preternatural, and Supernatural. While reading, I kept having to refer to a dictionary because He, Pink, uses a great vocabulary. Some of the words I did not know.

The fact that Jesus death was natural was that He was a human and that it was a real death. Jesus actually died, unlike what a lot of people like to say, that He really didn’t die. He actually died. He had to die or He didn’t pay for the sins of the people who believe in Him, which means we are still condemned if He didn’t die. Jesus death was unnatural. Why? Because He was sinless. Death is the result or consequence of sin and Jesus had none. Jesus death was preternatural. His death was planned before the foundation of the world. He was slain before the foundation of the world. Pink uses seven points to show how His death was supernatural.

DISCUSSION
The thing though is that Pink has a great vocabulary. I had to look in the dictionary for some of the words he used so I could understand what he was saying. I liked Pink’s discussion on the references to Christ’s death but the one that was most interesting to me was the fact that the death was supernatural. He stated that Jesus had complete control over His death. He was in control of His moment of death, just like Jesus said He was. He said He could lay down His life and take it up again. I don’t want to go through all seven points Pink uses to show that His death was supernatural. You’d do better reading the book and contemplating it yourself.

The next time I post about the book it will be about the First Chapter. You can still join in on the reading together. You can order the book on Amazon, Grace Books International, Monergism or the Westminter Seminary Bookstore. Check out Tim Challies original post on His blog.

For His Glory,
Mark