II John 1:1-6: Familial Grace

The Father saves the ones He loves,
To call elect from every nation.
And by foreknowledge, bought with blood,
With confidence in our salvation,
Are grace and truth forever yours,
As one whom God has spoken for.

And like a river running free,
The gospel given to your children
‘Til blooming like a mighty tree,
Two thousand generations bidden,
To worship for eternal years,
The Son on earth when He appears.

And those who grew in brokenness,
As children raised without a father,
Inherit yet God’s righteousness,
And they will drink from living water.
For roses in the desert bloom,
As fair as those the gardener prunes.

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Before the Awesome Throne of God (I John 5:14-16)

Before the awesome throne of God,
In confidence we bring our prayer,
For in His will He listens well,
Our intercession finished there.
O saint! He always hears,
Your words have reached His ears.

Before the awesome throne of God,
We will for what our Father wills,
We wait and wish for Him to give,
As He has waited to fulfill.
Your Father loves to act,
Then never fear to ask.

Before the awesome throne of God,
We emulate our Savior’s grace,
To intercede as He has done,
And for our wayward brother pray:
Redemption then our plea,
For which we bend our knee.

Before the awesome throne of God,
When judgment comes upon all sin,
We can not pity those condemned,
But lovingly must side with Him.
The hardened rebel warned,
And given to the Lord.

Before the awesome throne of God,
My brothers, never cease to pray!
For know your prayer bears the strength,
To both withhold or bring the rain.
Oh, pray therefore for life!
Redemption born through Christ.

Abide (I John 2:26-29)

I write to you concerning those,
Who try to lead astray,
Those on the narrow way,
The antichrists, the church’s foes,
Like planets wandering,
To hell their converts bring.

The Holy Spirit dwells in you,
And He supplies your need,
And guides your thoughts and deeds,
And He will show you what is true.
Accept Him as your guide,
And in His help abide.

The Word of God must guard your mind,
It searches soul and hearts,
Dividing flesh apart,
And let it all your actions bind,
The Bible at your side,
And in His Word abide.

The righteousness of God will show,
Within those called by Him,
His blood erases sin.
Not in your works, as you should know.
Then sacrifice your pride,
And in His works abide.

Dear children, oh! abide in Christ!
His Spirit, Word, and grace,
That when you see His face,
You do not shrink or flee His sight,
But rushing to His side,
In confidence abide.