All I Once Held Dear (Knowing You)

All I once held dear, built my life upon,

All this world reveres and wars to own;

All I once thought gain I have counted loss,

Spent and worthless now compared to this.

 

Knowing You, Jesus, knowing You

There is no greater thing.

You’re my all, You’re the best,

You’re my joy, my righteousness,

And I love You Lord.

 

Now my heart’s desire is to know You more,

To be found in You and know as Yours,

To possess by faith what I could not earn

All surpassing gift of righteousness

 

Oh to know the power of Your risen life,

And to know You in Your sufferings;

To become like You in Your death, my Lord,

So with You to live and never die.

 

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In Christ Alone

In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all—
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone, Who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save.
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied;
For ev’ry sin on Him was laid—
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious day,
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory,
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine—
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death—
This is the pow’r of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No pow’r of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home—
Here in the pow’r of Christ I’ll stand.

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A Review of the Wales Retreat – The Cross (part 2)

By His Stripes We are Healed

His Wonderful, Gracious Presence

What Joy what wonder of wonders, that common men, who were picked up from the very streets of the cities could behold the presence of the King, note these guests were not the nobles of the land, they were not the lords and ladies of the land, rather they were the market traders, they were the thieves on the street, they were the normal people no one would regard, they were the outcasts, they were the diseased, for the command of the king was go to the highways and byways and compel them to come. Note what the scriptures say:  “For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 2so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” ( I Cor. 1:26-31).

But the King came into the presence of these rabble, he chose to view them and grace them with His very presence, not because of them but because of His Son, we, look at verse 30 above it says its because of Him that we are in Christ Jesus, it is the call of God that has brought us here not because of anything in us, but in our condition, in our sin and because the Son is made unto us righteousness we are allowed into the very presence of the King, we are allowed into the throne of Grace – How wonderful, How glorious, how exhilarating, that even I can come into Gods presence without fear or trembling – Thank you, thank you Lord Jesus, thank you.

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A Review of the Wales Retreat – The Cross (part 3)

Considering the Garment

Since the guests were gathered in from the streets, the King must have provided garments for each one at the gate. It has been known to happen in the past where a king provides garments for those whom he invites to his table and so must be the case here. So the man the king espied must have had a garment given to Him when he entered the gate, but when the king saw him he had no wedding garment on, he had another garment on but not one appropriate for the wedding. A lot of times the kind of clothes we wear reveals our attitude, it may even show where we are planning to go, for sports, for work, for an interview, for a casual engagement etc, so was this man; his garments revealed that he was not interested in the wedding other things had captured his mind, the honour of the Son was not his primary focus, the glory and majesty of the king did not enthrall him. Rather the other things in the palace had attracted him like we said they may have been legitimate and nice, but in as much as they were distracting from the main thing (The honour of the Son), they had become a means of destruction at least to this guest. The question then remains what does this garment represents to us:

Isa.61:10

“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels”

Rm.10:3

“For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.”

Phil.3:9

“and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith”

Rm.1:16-17

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith,  as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.””

Isa 61:10 tells us the garment is the garment of Salvation it’s the robe of righteousness, thus the garment in the parable represents the garment of Salvation the robe of righteousness, further still we are told by Paul, that this robe of righteousness ought to be worn and none other, we should labour to ensure that we have His garments and not ours – Paul further tells us in Rm.1:16-17 that this garment of righteousness is from the gospel, it’s the gospel that encompasses this garment the garment is Salvation and righteousness which is the gospel. So what we have in this parable is that the guest forgot or casted aside the gospel. He might have heard it or seemed to receive it but the fact that he had it not meant that he was casted away into darkness when he came before the presence of the King. The Gospel is important to the king because that is the way He has fashioned to honour the Son, it is in the gospel that the glory of the Lord shines forth in its effulgent brilliance.

So the garment is extremely important it is relevant at all times, just as the dressing of the man revealed his hearts goal in the courts of the king, so does our life with regards to the gospel show whether of a truth we are born of God. If he came to honour the king, he would cherish everything the king gave him, if we have genuinely come to honour and worship God, then the gospel of the glorious grace of God will be precious to us and we will not be moved away from it so soon or ever (Gal.1:6).

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