Lord’s Day 4, 2017
I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”
For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven, inasmuch as we, having put it on, will not be found naked. For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life.
—1 Corinthians 5:1–4
Hope beyond the grave.
John Newton (1726–1807)
My soul, this curious house of clay,
Thy present frail abode;
Must quickly fall to worms a prey,
And thou return to God.
Canst thou, by faith, survey with joy
The change, before it come?
And say, “Let death this house destroy,
I have a heav’nly home!”
The Saviour, whom I then shall see
With new admiring eyes,
Already has prepar’d for me,
A mansion in the skies.
I feel this mud–walled cottage shake,
And long to see it fall;
That I my willing flight may take
To him who is my all.
Burden’d and groaning, then no more,
My rescu’d soul shall sing,
As up the shining path I soar,
“Death, thou hast lost thy sting.”
Dear Saviour, help us now to seek,
And know thy grace’s power;
That we may all this language speak,
Before the dying hour.
—Olney Hymns. Book II: On Occasional Subjects.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
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if you can possibly help it.
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