There is a soil which receives the rain,
(God’s common grace for good and evil men)
And bears the proper bounty God intends,
That those maintaining it will be sustained.
Yet if it gives out burrs and blighted grain,
It will incur a curse, and in the end,
That field is fed to fire’s full extent,
To purify, prepared to plant again.
Yet we have confidence in you;
For you have loved the Lord’s anointed saints,
And in the name of Christ without complaints,
You served these saints with wealth, and words, and food.
So cultivate a confidence in this:
When Jesus’ love with in your heart endures,
Then know that your salvation stands secure;
He won’t relinquish any fruit that’s His.
What man is there who can’t return to grace?
The one who’s learned of God’s enlightenment,
Who’s tasted of the heavenly gift to men,
Who’s been acquainted with the Spirit’s ways,
Who’s tasted of the Gospel word of praise,
Who’s seen the hosts of heaven’s firmament,
Yet turns aside to trespass into sin:
This man can never be renewed to faith.
For those this vicious fallen state who claim,
Are rebels and recidivists to night.
They openly then put the Lord to shame,
And crucify again the risen Christ.
Oh Jesus Christ, I plead now desperately,
That this description never labels me!
To maturity let us be born,
The foundation is Jesus our Lord.
Here we build, and we hang all our hope,
Keep these ever in view as you grow:
All our works are as dung unto Him.
We are dead, and therefore must repent.
For by grace, through our faith, we are saved,
And that faith is a gift that God gave.
There are baptisms given by God:
Those of water, and fire, and blood.
The assembly of saints in His church,
Is essential to grow in His word.
Every man will be raised from the dead,
All those mortal immortal instead.
They’ll be judged by eternal decree,
To be punished, or paradise see.