From the world’s foundation God His Lamb slain!
For Satan’s revolt He foreknew too plain,
Which rebellion came when pride Devil-swamped.
For this God’s creature liked to be worshiped,
Wanted to sit as the Most High, as God!
For when sin in him was first found by God,
Sin his Nature became hence Pride him whelmed!
The spirits with him this nature consumed,
Which nature he gave man, when he man lured;
Being now full of all schemes; God-devoid!
His damned nature, he man gave guilefully.
Thus God’s image he ousts man wickedly:
Man as captive he held, damned forever!
Man created with God to live forever,
But now has sinned, come short of God’s glory!
Eternal damnation, the sore story:
“For the soul that sinned, it shall surely die”
That’s God’s Immutable Law, Law undying!
But O God’s grace that now suspends His Law,
And brought His Son Beloved to earth so low!
Here came He first the captives to set free,
Free, free indeed! Thus Jesus sets them free:
Free from Satan, Sin, Self, the World and Death,
Endless death, the Broad Way sends earth’s folks to!
His He sets on the Path of Righteousness,
The Way called the Highway of Holiness;
It’s Gate Strait, Way Narrow, Steep and Winding
No easy terrain, yet Heaven-reaching!
That is, abhors sin, self, the world and lust:
Weights to here lay down as matter of must,
Stumbling blocks sending some on this path back:
Cause by arm of flesh these walk heaven’s track.
Grace, Yielding to Christ’s Headship: the triumph!
So, though way hard, the Lord-Shepherd comforts,
Makes the faithful lie down in green pastures:
He, beside the still waters, leads for sure,
Thus restoring their souls so calmingly:
Hence no evil or foes’ weapons fearing
But bless’d, secured in the Holy Spirit;
Not even when Satan gets God’s permit:
To walk them through very fearsome valley,
That which is called Shadow of Death’s Valley.
For this being this Way’s component part,
Needed to stable the saints on the path!
So, God would permit Satan to this do,
Who in blitzing rage attacks these brethren!
And those with arm of flesh Satan may sift
Whilst those resting on grace Jesus uplifts!
This Valley, O.T.’s Heroes of Faith saw,
That’s the “Sentence of Death” on Paul et al:
THE CROSS, many pulpits won’t now visit.
This, all that live godly would face, cope with
Replaced with breakthroughs in finance, mammon
And with broad-way messages so common.
O weightier matters of our God’s Kingdom!
Sound Doctrines that prime us for the Kingdom!
Lord! Give us teachers that with You are real;
From itching ears, vanity us set free;
‘Cause so many unawares have come in:
Folks, teaching for doctrine Devil’s doctrines,
The way of Balaam treading, luring men;
The Path Righteous, Way Narrow they’re blind to:
Way the saints of old trod, the ideal way!
But why loathe they this God’s Highway today?
The world, lust of eye and flesh, pride of life:
These that ruined Eve, Orpah and Lot’s wife,
So attached and so cleaved to the world they’re.
Orpah, Lot’s wife may seem even better:
For whilst Ruth and Lot those could not take in,
These with their pulpits drag-nets so many:
Proselytes they make twice children of hell!
O You us will steer and the truth these tell:
That the Way is Narrow: a Holy Way,
But that the meek, faithful You keep always
In this Your holy path for Your Name's sake.
A table before them You prepare, make;
Thy rod and staff them comfort in essence;
And with them dinning in their foes’ presence
Their heads with oil anointing with power,
And their cups of grace filled, running over!
Though the Valley of Death they do come to,
Or meet with any Swelling of Jordan,
You’re there with them Thou Lord so High and Dear.
Goodness, mercy sure will them follow there
On this heaven’s path; and then hereafter:
When Christ comes to take them to the Father
To dwell in Mansions that ever endears.
Few days hence He Cometh for His so dear:
His, earnestly for the faith contending,
The appointed good-fight-of-faith heeding;
Those holding fast Precious, Most Holy Faith:
These His priceless jewels whom He creates,
And made fit, for “the City that makes Glad”,
Fit for His Marriage Supper with His Bride!
Supper without the Enemy’s presence,
These, now, like the angels in every sense!
Getting comfort-rest, prepared for earth’s rule,
For comes He back with these saints earth to rule,
Yes, he comes to the Air His to catch up;
For His earth’s rule He comes with the “caught-ups.”
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