"...if anyone makes the assistance of grace depend on the humility or obedience of man and does not agree that it is a gift of grace itself that we are obedient and humble, he contradicts the Apostle who says, "What have you that you did not receive?" (1 Cor. 4:7), and, "But by the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Cor. 15:10). (Council of Orange: Canon 6)


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    Love Constrained to Obedience

    A hymn-poem by William Cowper (1731-1800) to encourage you and prepare you for worship on the Lord's Day (based on 2 Corinthians 5:14-15:

    No strength of nature can suffice
    To serve the Lord aright:
    And what she has she misapplies,
    For want of clearer light.

    How long beneath the law I lay
    In bondage and distress;
    I toll’d the precept to obey,
    But toil’d without success.

    Then, to abstain from outward sin
    Was more than I could do;
    Now, if I feel its power within,
    I feel I hate it too.

    Then all my servile works were done
    A righteousness to raise;
    Now, freely chosen in the Son,
    I freely choose His ways.

    “What shall I do,” was then the word,
    “That I may worthier grow?”
    “What shall I render to the Lord?”
    Is my inquiry now.

    To see the law by Christ fulfilled
    And hear His pardoning voice,
    Changes a slave into a child,
    And duty into choice.

    William Cooper

    ESV 2 Corinthians 5:14-15: For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; 15 and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.

    Posted by Charles Biggs on September 12, 2009 05:00 PM

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