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Election

Devotional:

HOLY TRINITY,

All praise to thee for electing me
          to salvation,
      by foreknowledge of God the Father,
      through sanctification of the Spirit,
      unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood
        of Jesus;
I adore the wonders of thy condescending love,
  marvel at the true believer’s high privilege
  within whom all heaven comes to dwell,
  abiding in God and God in him;
I believe it, help me experience it to the full.
Continue to teach me that Christ’s righteousness
  satisfies justice and evidences thy love;
Help me to make use of it by faith as the ground
  of my peace
  and of thy favour and acceptance,
  so that I may live always near the cross.
It is not feeling the Spirit that proves
  my saved state but the truth of what
  Christ did perfectly for me;
All holiness in him is by faith made mine,
  as if I had done it;
Therefore I see the use of his righteousness,
  for satisfaction to divine justice and making
    me righteous.
It is not inner sensation that makes Christ’s death
    mine
  for that may be delusion, being without the Word,
  but his death apprehended by my faith,
  and so testified by Word and Spirit.
I bless thee for these lively exercises of faith,
  for the righteousness that is mine in Jesus,
  for grace to resign my will to thee;
I rejoice to think that all things are at thy disposal,
  and I love to leave them there.
Then prayer turns wholly into praise,
  and all I can do is to adore and love thee.
I want not the favour of man to lean upon,
  for I know that thy electing grace
    is infinitely better.


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