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    He Tried?

    Rapper Shai Linne gives us a great lesson in Particular Redemption

    Lyrics below

    Verse 1

    Here’s a controversial subject that tends to divide
    For years it’s had Christians lining up on both sides
    By God’s grace, I’ll address this without pride
    The question concerns those for whom Christ died
    Was He trying to save everybody worldwide?
    Was He trying to make the entire world His Bride?
    Does man’s unbelief keep the Savior’s hands tied?
    Biblically, each of these must be denied
    It’s true, Jesus gave up His life for His Bride
    But His Bride is the elect, to whom His death is applied
    If on judgment day, you see that you can’t hide
    And because of your sin, God’s wrath on you abides
    And hell is the place you eternally reside
    That means your wrath from God hasn’t been satisfied
    But we believe His mission was accomplished when He died
    But how the cross relates to those in hell?
    Well, they be saying:

    God knows He tried (8x)

    Verse 2

    Father, Son and Spirit: three and yet one
    Working as a unit to get things done
    Our salvation began in eternity past
    God certainly has to bring all His purpose to pass
    A triune, eternal bond no one could ever sever
    When it comes to the church, peep how they work together
    The Father foreknew first, the Son came to earth
    To die- the Holy Spirit gives the new birth
    The Father elects them, the Son pays their debt and protects them
    The Spirit is the One who resurrects them
    The Father chooses them, the Son gets bruised for them
    The Spirit renews them and produces fruit in them
    Everybody’s not elect, the Father decides
    And it’s only the elect in whom the Spirit resides
    The Father and the Spirit- completely unified
    But when it comes to Christ and those in hell?
    Well, they be saying:

    God knows He tried (8x)

    Verse 3

    My third and final verse- here’s the situation
    Just a couple more things for your consideration
    If saving everybody was why Christ came in history
    With so many in hell, we’d have to say He failed miserably
    So many think He only came to make it possible
    Let’s follow this solution to a conclusion that’s logical
    What about those who were already in the grave?
    The Old Testament wicked- condemned as depraved
    Did He die for them? C’mon, behave
    But worst of all, you’re saying the cross by itself doesn’t save
    That we must do something to give the cross its power
    That means, at the end of the day, the glory’s ours
    That man-centered thinking is not recommended
    The cross will save all for whom it was intended
    Because for the elect, God’s wrath was satisfied
    But still, when it comes to those in hell
    Well, they be saying:

    God knows He tried (8x)

    Posted by John on May 26, 2009 02:06 PM


    All of the young rappers of the 116 Clique are amazing artists and more importantly, they are incredibly theologically precise with their lyrics.

    I bought the album "13 Letters" awhile back and I have been blessed over and over by listening to them rap the epistles of Paul in a audibly pleasing and spiritually stimulating way.

    Thanks for posting this!


    I'll bring the video camera if you do the breakdancing.

    Nothing profound for me to add, just enjoy saying, I really appreciate his material; maybe in some weird way he would stumble on this encouragement and continue being fruitful.

    Off the hook! This is what we need more of. Love the lyrics, love the beat. Its fun, but it drives the point home. Salvation is of the Lord.

    Shai Linne and others like him (Timothy Brindle, Curtis Allen, Evangel) have been immensely edifying to me. I love their Christ-centered, reformed lyrics and enjoy their musical talent.

    This is great!

    Great stuff! John Owen's words on this doctrine continues to have impact:

    The Father imposed His wrath due unto, and the Son underwent punishment for, either:
    1. All the sins of all men;
    2. All the sins of some men, or;
    3. Some of the sins of all men.

    In which case it may be said:
    1. That if the last be true, all men have some sins to answer for, and so, none are saved;
    2. That if the second be true, then Christ, in their stead suffered for all the sins of all the elect in the whole world, and this is the truth;
    3. But if the first be the case, why are not all men free from the punishment due unto their sins?

    You answer, "Because of unbelief."
    I ask, Is this unbelief a sin, or is it not? If it be, then Christ suffered the punishment due unto it, or He did not. If He did, why must that hinder them more than their other sins for which He died? If He did not, He did not die for all their sins!"

    John Owen - from the Death of Death in the Death of Christ

    I discovered Shai Linne through the Way of the Master radio broadcast a year or so ago.
    I must admit, the man has better theology than the whole of the pastors of most of the churches I've sat in.
    His "Atonement Q&A" is amazingly informative...
    Thanks for posting this.

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