11:25 PM

The Love of Christ Is Rich and Free

the love of Christ is rich and free
fixed on His own eternally
nor earth nor hell can it remove -
long as He lives His own He'll love

His loving heart engaged to be
their everlasting Surety
twas love that took their cause in hand
and love maintains it to the end

love cannot from its post withdraw; nor death nor hell nor sin nor law
can turn the Surety's heart away; He'll love His own to endless day

love has redeemed His sheep with blood
and love will bring them safe to God
love calls them all from death to life
and love will finish all their strife

He loves through every changing scene
nor aught from Him can zion ween
not all the wanderings of her heart
can make His love for her depart

love cannot from its post withdraw; nor death nor hell nor sin nor law
can turn the Surety's heart away; He'll love His own to endless day

at death, beyond the grave, He'll love
in endless bliss His own shall prove
the blazing glory of that love
that never could from them remove
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1) "the love of Christ is rich and free" = beautiful thought - it is RICH, and it is FREE. how often do those two go hand in hand?
2) nothing can separate us from the love of Christ - not death, not hell, not sin, not law, not earth, not "all the wanderings" of our hearts.
3) His heart is engaged to US, the Church! further, it is engaged to be our Surety, our surefire hope of glory.
4) perserverance of the saints, baby!
5) even the ultimate change - death - cannot separate us from Him. in fact, it is there that He will, in our endless bliss, shower us with love.

THE AMAZING THING IS THAT ALL OF THIS IS NOT ABOUT US!!!! more about that later... :)