a teaching rhyme
by JD Collier

A working was done
in ages long past;
long before heaven  and earth were cast.
The Lord of all Holiness
wrote out my name
in the book of His promise.
The implication is plain—
calling my name,
He set me apart,
He finished the task,
He sealed my heart . . .
leaving none of it up to me.

He knew that my feet
were made of clay;
that my proneness to failure would get in the way.
He saw that my weakness
would lead me to sin;
that my future behavior  would sacrifice Him . . .
even after I ‘faithed’.

When He died on the cross
He bore all my sins;
past present and future were all laid on Him.
And that which He started
He brought to a close
when He said “It is finished.”
And when He arose
He gave full assurance
that all who believe
and hope in His righteousness—
by faith will receive
a permanent heavenly home.

Desiring to please Him
for what He has done—
securing my life
through the death of His Son—
I bow down in worship
with tears flowing free
and thank Him for mercy
for including me
with love so amazing;
I’m silenced in awe—
knowing my limits . . .
He did it all!

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.  For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love  he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—  to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.”
Eph 1:3-8  NIV

“And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all — how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”
Rom 8:30-34  NIV

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