January 15, 2017

In Christ Alone – Blake Edwards

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

The powerful words of “In Christ Alone” make it arguably the most popular hymn written over the past couple decades. When I sing this song I feel encouraged and it causes me to look in the mirror. It is a beautiful song musically and lyrically. The song conveys the appreciation we should have for Christ. It focuses on all He has done, continues to do, and will do for His followers. I want to share the lyrics and discuss a few parts of this song.

In Christ alone my hope is found,

He is my light, my strength, my song,

This Cornerstone, this solid ground,

Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.

What heights of love, what depths of peace,

When fears are stilled, when strivings cease,

My Comforter, my All in All,

Here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone, who took on flesh,

Fullness of God in helpless babe,

This gift of love and righteousness,

Scorned by the ones He came to save.

‘Til on that cross as Jesus died,

The wrath of God was satisfied,

For every sin on Him was laid,

Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay,

Light of the world by darkness slain,

Then bursting forth in glorious Day,

Up from the grave He rose again.

And as He stands in victory,

Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me,

For I am His and He is mine,

Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt of life, no fear in death,

This is the power of Christ in me,

From life’s first cry to final breath,

Jesus commands my destiny.

No power of hell, no scheme of man,

Can ever pluck me from His hand,

’til He returns or calls me home,

Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand

-Keith Getty and Stuart Townsend

Let’s focus on the last verse. The power of Christ compels us to live guilt free and not fear death. We can have this innocence because the blood of Christ was innocent and washes our sins away. Yes, we are guilty if we stand alone, but in Christ alone we can be relieved of guilt. When we are in Christ, death has no power over us (Romans 6:14). Since Christ overcame death, what is there for us to fear? The blood of Christ commands our life as long as we live. It was shed long before any of us were even born and is still in effect. “For you were bought with a price” is a passage in 1 Cor. 6:20 that comes to my mind. We are now in servitude to Him because He paid the price for us.

There is no person, teaching, or force that has the ability to muscle you away from God. There is stability, protection and comfort in Christ. Remember that as you reach out to Him and draw closer each day. The thought in James 4:7 is so comforting. The devil will flee as long as we draw close to God. We will draw closer to God the more we know Him by His word and the more we strive to demonstrate the godliness and holiness He exhibits. Finally, there is a declaration that we will stand in the power of Christ until our days on this Earth end. We will not be carried away by the powers of the world, but rather stand firm on the foundation of Christ, our Savior. “Or calls me home,” is an amazing and yet subtle encouragement to Christian ears. We do have a house not made with hands and we will live in the presence of God for eternity if we walk by faith eagerly awaiting Christ’s return (2 Cor. 5:1-8).

If we were to sing this song today, would you be able to confidently sing it? Can you proclaim that you are living in Christ alone?

 

 

 

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