Our Savior’s grace as God and priest,
Is too momentous to repeat;
You must engage, not mindless seek.
But diligence leads to maturity.
You have the word of God in hand,
Should you not teach our Lord’s commands?
Not as a child, act like a man!
For teaching aptly marks maturity.
Have you not known the righteous word?
You excuse sin with ‘grace’ or ‘works.’
Seek the full gospel you have heard,
To know God’s grace and call’s maturity.
This doesn’t happen over-night,
But you must practice what is right,
Conditioned God-ward – trained to fight,
And discipline will bring maturity.
Your effort still will not suffice,
But through the agency of Christ,
Will you be brought to paradise.
For Christ must cultivate maturity.
Both king and culture make commands,
That citizens obey their rules.
To disobey: the king will damn,
And culture will call you a fool.
And were not both ordained of God?
Then live in king and culture both.
So live at peace with in their laws,
And never needless rock the boat.
Remembering through all of this,
You have another King to serve,
And you’ve a culture that is His,
And always this you must preserve.
You are no slave of worldly ways.
When they negate the gospel’s truth,
Then you must stand, strong and unfazed,
And trust that God will work through you.
For customs curtsey to great kings,
And we are citizens through Him.
So He may call us not to sing,
When culture plays its market-hymn.
Yet never lightly does He call,
And never lightly should we act,
Though kings will boil you in gall,
And by the culture you are sacked.
We have no promise of our ease,
But we will suffer for His sake.
Though never marked in history,
As heroes, or as martyrs great.
But when He calls you to subvert,
Remember this through suffering:
That He has suffered for you first.
Obedience will praise the King.
A priest must first be called of God,
As Aaron, of the blooming rod,
Not of himself this honor takes,
But only God a priest may make.
And so did Christ not tout his worth,
But God anointed Him from birth;
“I have begotten you, my Son,
You are a priest, as was the one,
Melchizedek. This I reveal.
I swear, and I will not repeal.”
And Christ whose mighty cries and tears,
Effective to the God who hears,
Both will and has raised dead to life,
Because in all things He is right:
In learning His obedience,
Through suffering in penitence,
In taking legal rights to save,
Maturing, then, as He forgave,
In being named for all to see,
A priest for all eternity!