On Sunday we will complete our study of Romans 8. We have seen why the glorious truths of this chapter have been a tremendous comfort to the saints through the ages. This past Sunday, I quoted from a hymn written by Augustus Toplady. I quoted the line: “Payment God cannot twice demand, Frist at my bleeding Surety’s hand, And then again at mine.” (You can read the entire hymn here.)
There is another hymn from Augustus I want to share with you, A Debtor to Mercy Alone. This hymn will serve you well in preparing your heart for the final verses of Romans 8 which we will study together this Sunday.
A debtor to mercy alone,
Of covenant mercy I sing;
Nor fear, with thy righteousness on,
My person and off’ring to bring.
The terrors of law and of God
With me can have nothing to do;
My Saviour’s obedience and blood
Hide all my transgressions from view.
The work which his goodness began,
The arm of his strength will complete;
His promise is Yea and Amen,
And never was forfeited yet.
Things future, nor things that are now,
Nor all things below or above,
Can make him his purpose forgo,
Or sever my soul from his love.
My name from the palms of his hands
Eternity will not erase;
Impressed on his heart it remains,
In marks of indelible grace.
Yes, I to the end shall endure,
As sure as the earnest is giv’n;
More happy, but not more secure,
The glorified spirits in heav’n.