Saviour divine! we know thy name,
And in that name we trust;
Thou art the Lord our righteousness,
Thou art thine Israel's boast.
Guilty we plead before thy throne,
And low in dust we lie,
Till Jesus stretch his gracious arm
To bring the guilty nigh.
The sins of one most righteous day
Might plunge us in despair;
Yet all the crimes of numerous years
Shall our great Surety clear.
That spotless robe, which he hath wrought,
Shall deck us all around;
Nor by the piercing eye of God
One blemish shall be found.
Pardon, and peace, and lively hope,
To sinners now are given;
Israel and Judah soon shall change
Their wilderness for heaven.
With joy we taste that manna now,
Thy mercy scatters down:
We seal our humble vows to thee,
And wait the promis'd crown.
But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 1 Cor 1:30
....."How shall man be just with God?" And who can estimate the sublime importance of this enquiry. Time, fleeting, changing, dying time, cannot comprehend its import. The unfathomable depths of eternity alone can reveal it. Dear reader, when a hundred years have passed away, of what consequence will those things be to you, on which you are expending the ardor and earnestness of your being now? It will be of no interest to you then, that you were the owner of millions, or wore the diadem of a king, or drained every cup of pleasure or of love. But it will be of immense, of never-ceasing interest to you, to be made just and holy in the sight of God; to have the stain of sin purged out of your soul; to be redeemed from the anathema of a holy and inexorable law, and admitted to walk in white in the radiant palaces of God. Christ, thus as the righteousness of man; Christ, the justifier of the sinner, is worthy of the instant, earnest, all absorbing attention of every creature of God, to whom he has been revealed.
E. P. Rogers, D.D.