Sunday, July 19, 2009

And Can It Be?

Can you identify with these words of Charles Wesley (1707-1788)?

“Long my imprisoned spirit lay
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night.
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray:
I woke—the dungeon flamed with light!
My chains fell off, my heart was free;
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.”

O follower of Christ, we are free! Sin has no more power over us! Here’s what God’s word says (Romans 6:6-14):

We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

“My chains fell off, my heart was free;
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.”

Hallelujah! We’ve been set free so that we “may belong to another”, even Christ Jesus our Lord (see Romans 7:4).

Having been freed from sin, we can sing with joy, “No condemnation now I dread…!”

Listen to this hymn, sung to that stirring tune by Thomas Campbell (1777-1844), and read the lyrics as they appear on the video. Consider what Christ has done for you who trust in Him. Then, I encourage you, play the clip again and sing along, rejoicing in our Savior’s amazing love.

No comments: