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By faith (not by works) we stand righteous before God, this righteousness being a free gift from Him.

BibleGateway: Romans 4:1-8

ESV Text: Romans 4:1-8

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     1 What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? 2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. 3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. 4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. 5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. 6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, 7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. 8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 387:
Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice

— Organ Audio

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1. Dear Christians, one and all, rejoice, 
With exultation springing, 
And, with united heart and voice 
And holy rapture singing, 
Proclaim the wonders God hath done, 
How His right arm the victory won; 
Right dearly it hath cost Him. 

2. Fast bound in Satan’s chains I lay, 
Death brooded darkly o’er me, 
Sin was my torment night and day, 
In sin my mother bore me; 
Yea, deep and deeper still I fell, 
Life had become a living hell, 
So firmly sin possessed me. 

3. My own good works availed me naught, 
No merit they attaining; 
Free will against God’s judgment fought, 
Dead to all good remaining. 
My fears increased till sheer despair 
Left naught but death to be my share; 
The pangs of hell I suffered. 

4. But God beheld my wretched state 
Before the world’s foundation, 
And, mindful of His mercies great, 
He planned my soul’s salvation. 
A father’s heart He turned to me, 
Sought my redemption fervently: 
He gave His dearest Treasure. 

5. He spoke to His beloved Son: 
‘Tis time to have compassion. 
Then go, bright Jewel of My crown, 
And bring to man salvation; 
From sin and sorrow set him free, 
Slay bitter death for him that he 
May live with Thee forever. 

6. This Son obeyed His Father’s will, 
Was born of virgin mother, 
And God’s good pleasure to fulfill, 
He came to be my Brother. 
No garb of pomp or power He wore, 
A servant’s form, like mine, He bore, 
To lead the devil captive. 

7. To me He spake: Hold fast to Me, 
I am thy Rock and Castle; 
Thy Ransom I Myself will be, 
For thee I strive and wrestle; 
For I am with thee, I am thine, 
And evermore thou shalt be Mine; 
The Foe shall not divide us. 

8. The Foe shall shed My precious blood, 
Me of My life bereaving. 
All this I suffer for thy good; 
Be steadfast and believing. 
Life shall from death the victory win, 
My innocence shall bear thy sin; 
So art thou blest forever. 

9. Now to My Father I depart, 
The Holy Spirit sending 
And, heavenly wisdom to impart, 
My help to thee extending. 
He shall in trouble comfort thee, 
Teach thee to know and follow Me, 
And in all truth shall guide thee. 

10. What I have done and taught, teach thou, 
My ways forsake thou never; 
So shall My kingdom flourish now 
And God be praised forever. 
Take heed lest men with base alloy 
The heavenly treasure should destroy; 
This counsel I bequeath thee.