Before the Throne of God Above

Before the Throne of God Above
words by: Charitie L. Bancroft, 1863
tune by: Vikki Cook, 1997 (?)
listen to the tune here at Sovereign Grace Music

Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea.
A great high Priest whose Name is Love
Who ever lives and pleads for me.
My name is graven on His hands,
My name is written on His heart.
I know that while in Heaven He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart.

When Satan tempts me to despair
And tells me of the guilt within,
Upward I look and see Him there
Who made an end of all my sin.
Because the sinless Savior died
My sinful soul is counted free.
For God the just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me.

Behold Him there the risen Lamb,
My perfect spotless righteousness,
The great unchangeable I AM,
The King of glory and of grace,
One in Himself I cannot die.
My soul is purchased by His blood,
My life is hid with Christ on high,
With Christ my Savior and my God!

The Day of Atonement is Here! pt.2

These are lyrics from Salvation Plan, from Hazakim’s “Theophanies”. The first half is by Hazakim. This is the second half, written by Stephen the Levite. Here is the link to listen to the song. Here’s a performance video. The teaching at the beginning and end of the song is Dr. Michael Brown.

The Day of Atonement is here! We’re at the top of Golgotha watchin’ the slaughter
as God the Father is offered a spotless Lamb on a cross bruh
The Eternal Word tabernaclin’ wit’ us
stricken, smitten and afflicted for all the sin we commited

Before the beginning, the Lord decreed the ordinance
that these horrible sins would be borne by Him who’s born innocent
so a picture is painted for us in scripture
through rituals we get visual hints of what He was sent for

Consider Him in His intercession for sinners
it’s more than similar, it is an intentional fulfillment of
the High Priest the Mediator between the
Deity and the dirty who need and plead to be cleaned up

so baptism is happenin’ at the Laver
a symbolism of cleansin’ and being buried and raised up
This is identification with the Savior
and after justification we enter the Holy Place bruh

Now behold the glow of the golden Menorah
it’s the Messiah, the Light of the world in all He is Lord of
Peep the table and see the body that’s broken
the blood of the New Covenant it’s the wine and the shewbread

The prayers of the saints are offered up with the incense
since the veil has been ripped, through His body we have an “En:trance”
call it the mercy seat we call it the Throne of Grace
the presence of the King of Kings in the Most Holy Place

Justification by Faith

We enjoyed learning some church history this year in our “Rome through the Renaissance” Middle Ages history unit. The most interesting topic was learning the basics of the Reformation of the 1500’s. As someone whom God saved -via the Scriptures- out of the Roman Catholic Church, I’m very thankful for the men God raised up in Europe to bring His Word to people who previously did not have access to the Truth of the Gospel, but were instead taught they could be saved by performing religious works and paying money to The Church, and that righteousness was bestowed upon them by The Church. The stories of the martyrs who helped get God’s Word into the hands of common people was most inspiring. Here is a hymn that illustrates some precious Bible Truth that people discovered as God’s Word shed Light on the spiritual darkness that is false teaching.

Justification by faith, not by works.
by Isaac Watts

Rom. 3:19-22.

Vain are the hopes the sons of men
On their own works have built;
Their hearts by nature all unclean,
And all their actions guilt.

Let Jew and Gentile stop their mouths
Without a murm’ring word,
And the whole race of Adam stand
Guilty before the Lord.

In vain we ask God’s righteous law
To justify us now;
Since to convince and to condemn
Is all the law can do.

Jesus, how glorious is thy grace!
When in thy name we trust,
Our faith receives a righteousness
That makes the sinner just.

Lovely Progression

Lovely Progression

by: Nathan Pitchford
Reformation Theology blog

Jesus, how sweet your virgin birth,
Deep, lovely mystery:
Out from the unsewn womb sprang forth
God of eternity!
I kneel before your bed so rough,
My Savior in a feeding trough,
Divine before the world began,
And now in time become a man.

Jesus, how sweet your life on earth,
Your public ministry,
Your miracles of saving worth
O’er sin and misery;
I hear in reverential awe
Your thund’rous utt’rance of the Law,
And offer in my own defense
Your life of pure obedience.

Jesus, how sweet your saving death,
The atoning sacrifice!
My plea rose up on your last breath
Like incense to the skies;
I weep before that blessed tree
Where priceless blood was spilled for me,
Where all the wrath of God was poured
On the Beloved of the Lord.

Jesus, how sweet your rising up
Victorious from the dead
To fill my upheld mercy cup,
To crush the Tempter’s head!
I come by grace before your throne
And there in trembling joy bow down,
Before my King who now must reign
Till he make all things new again.

Got Encouragement?

I guess you can say I learned the hard way not to seek comfort and encouragement from mortal flesh. There are a number of reasons why, that I won’t get into here. Jesus taught me instead, to go straight to Him. Nevertheless, the Bible is clear that we in the body of Christ should comfort and encourage one another, as brothers and sisters in the family of God. This is not easy to do. We should at least try. I’ve personally found that suffering and dealing with discouragement has made it a lot easier for me to want to try to be encouraging to other hurting brethren.

Once, a very wise and loving friend told me, “I do not know how to help you, but I know the One who can.” That was a very encouraging thing to say. And she is right. She did not condemn or rebuke me for my sorrow and grief, and lack of spirituality, but loved me selflessly, pointing me to Jesus, our loving, caring Redeemer and Friend. She lovingly offered encouragement, to the best of her ability.

I don’t offer encouragement here because I have it together, but because I don’t. I desire to pass on to you, things the Lord has given me that have encouraged me immensely. I hope to share this encouragement with you. So here is a message, below, that is most helpful.

This talk was given to college students, but the lesson is for all of us. The speaker uses a hymn I had never heard before as the basis for his point. It must be old, but it is full of encouraging truth. My brother or sister, I hope this helps and blesses you.

Therefore, encourage one another…1Thes.5:11.

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Rom.15:13.

Audio: More than enough hope.

    MY HOPE IS IN THE LORD  by: Norman Clayton

My hope is in the Lord Who gave Himself for me,
And paid the price of all my sin at Calvary.

No merit of my own His anger to suppress,
My only hope is found in Jesus’ righteousness.

For me He died, For me He lives,
And everlasting life and light He freely gives.

And now for me He stands Before the Father’s throne,
He shows His wounded hands, and names me as His own.

His grace has planned it all, Tis mine but to believe,
And recognize His work of love and Christ receive.


Come, Thou Savior of Our Race

Meditating on the humble incarnation of our Lord Jesus to die for our sins brings with it renewed encouragement regarding His second coming, the Resurrection, and the glories to come. How blessed we are to be able to look back and remember what the Lord has done to redeem us, and to look forward in faith and joyful hope to the fulfillment of His promise to come again to gather us unto Himself in glory.   “I will come again.” John 14:3.

Come, Thou Savior of our race,
Choicest Gift of heav’nly grace!
O Thou blessèd virgin’s Son,
Be Thy race on earth begun,
Be Thy race on earth begun.

Not of mortal blood or birth,
He descends from Heaven to earth;
By the Holy Ghost conceived,
God and man by us believed,
God and man by us believed.

Wondrous birth! O wondrous Child
Of the virgin undefiled!
Though by all the world disowned,
Still to be in Heaven enthroned,
Still to be in Heaven enthroned

From the Father forth He came,
And returneth to the same;
Captive leading death and hell—
High the song of triumph swell,
High the song of triumph swell!

Equal to the Father now,
Though to dust Thou once didst bow,
Boundless shall Thy kingdom be;
When shall we its glories see,
When shall we its glories see?

by Ambrose Milan, c.397

Suffering for Christ Brings Encouragement

There’s a connection between witnessing and suffering; they often go hand in hand. And indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. 2Tim.3:12. This desire leads us by His Spirit to witness verbally of the gospel of Jesus Christ, because of love for Him. It also leads us to publicly stand for His truth and His ways, because of devotion to Him.

So you find yourself in a situation, say at work or at home, or in the community, and there is spiritual or moral evil all around you, and people enjoying what God hates. For your stand that these things are wrong and are against God, you are mocked, scorned and laughed out of the room. Or you speak of Jesus and are mocked and labeled one of “those” people. We think this hurts, and it does, but is a minor thing. This is nothing! Just look at church history. Currently around the world, saints suffer terribly in ways we do not. Perhaps our little sufferings are opportunities to practice a Christ honoring response, for bigger suffering down the road.

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing; so that also at the revelation of His glory, you may rejoice with exultation. If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. By no means let any of you suffer as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler; but if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not feel ashamed, but in that name let him glorify God. 1Pe.4:12-16.

In this teaching, we learn that persecution is a sign of our union with Christ, and His great love for us. He directs these things for our good, to refine us as through fire. He is with us in the trial. Because of these things we can rejoice and be encouraged to continue on in Him, and in our work as laborers who teach the Word and present the gospel.

Rejoice ye pure in heart;
Rejoice, give thanks, and sing;
Your glorious banner wave on high,
The cross of Christ your King.

Rejoice ye pure in Heart

Audio: Suffering for Christ Brings Encouragement.




Preach the Gospel to Yourself

Everyday. Preach truth to yourself, everyday. How do we rid ourselves of our burdens and the oppression and guilt of our sin, and get joy again? What can we do about the sin in our lives? Preach the gospel to yourself everyday. The gospel is not only for unbelievers, it is for us! We need the gospel everyday. It is the center of our entire being for as long as we live, and for all eternity. Jesus is the gospel! We need Him everyday.

God is holy! Our sin is so sinful! Our sin separates us from God and effects spiritual death. But God offered up Jesus as the sacrifice for our sins, taking them away forever! He bought us with His blood! The price was paid. Jesus is the sacrifice for our sins! He gave His own life for us to save us from judgment! He was an offering and a sacrifice to God on our behalf, out of His great love, mercy and grace to us, so that we may be forgiven and cleansed from our sins, and have life! He has given us His righteousness as a gift! Jesus, our God and Savior, has done it all! Jesus alone: our hope and salvation from the judgment and condemnation of God. Jesus rose from the dead, defeating sin and death! O thank Him! Thank You Jesus! Confess your sins to Him, repent of them, turn to Him, believe in Him to forgive you, put faith in His promises and trust Him in all things. Thank Him and worship Him! He has given you mercy; He has given you grace. He has taken the guilt and shame away. He loves you. He gave Himself for you.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. He who hears my word and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life and does not come into judgment but has passed out of death into life. There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus! Hence, also, He is able to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished upon us.

Listen to gospel preaching. Read gospel truth in the Word. Think on the gospel all the time. Preach the gospel to yourself. Read the gospel in books. Sing! Worship Him in song! Worship Him in response. Thank Him! Be thankful! Preach the gospel to others: tell others! This way, you can preach the gospel to yourself while you are preaching it to others, and you will be a witness to the gospel to others, while you are encouraging yourself with the truth of the blessed gospel, which saved you, and sanctifies you. Then you will experience the forgiveness and freedom from sin that you already have in Christ, as well as the joy of your salvation, and you will be blessed and encouraged.

O God the Holy Spirit,
Put Jesus on display:
Remind me how my Savior
Took all my guilt away.
My sins were all forgiven
And satisfaction made;
Atonement was completed,
My captive soul was saved.

O God the Holy Spirit,
Come deepen and impart
These saving, loving lessons
Upon my desp’rate heart
That I might loathe my evil
And flee from Satan’s snares
Then run to my Redeemer
And cast on Him my cares.

O God the Holy Spirit

I lay my sins on Jesus,
the spotless Lamb who died;
He bears them all and frees me
from all my shame and pride.
I bring my guilt to Jesus,
to wash my crimson stains
White in His blood most precious
’till not a spot remains.

I lay my wants on Jesus,
my advocate above;
He heals my broken body,
redeems my soul in love.
I lay my griefs on Jesus,
my burdens and my cares;
He takes them all upon Him
and in my sorrow shares.

I rest my soul on Jesus,
this weary, thirsty soul;
His gentle arms embrace me
and point me towards the goal.
I put my hope in Jesus
to bring me safely home,
To sing with heaven’s millions,
my praise to Him alone.

I Lay My Sins on Jesus

The phrase, “Preach the gospel to yourself” was coined, I believe, by Jerry Bridges.


The saints of God! their conflict past,
And life’s long battle won at last,
No more they need the shield or sword,
They cast them down before their Lord:
O happy saints! forever blest,
At Jesus feet’ how safe your rest!

The saints of God! their wand’rings done,
No more their weary course they run,
No more they faint, no more they fall,
No foes oppress, no fears appall:
O happy saints! forever blest,
In that dear home how sweet your rest!

The saints of God! life’s voyage o’er,
Safe landed on that blissful shore,
No stormy tempests now they dread,
No roaring billows lift their head:
O happy saints! forever blest,
In that calm haven of your rest!

The saints of God their vigil keep,
While yet their mortal bodies sleep,
Till from the dust they too shall rise
And soar triumphant to the skies:
O happy saints! rejoice and sing:
He quickly comes, your Lord and King!

O God of saints! to Thee we cry;
O Savior! plead for us on high;
O Holy Ghost! our Guide and Friend,
Grant us Thy grace till life shall end;
That with all the saints our rest may be
In that bright paradise with Thee!

The Saints of God! Their Conflict Past