Hardened Hearts (Hebrews 3:7-19)

The voice of God is calling,
My brothers, do you hear?
Oh, listen to that calling,
And humbly bend your ear.
Let not your heart be hardened;
Oh, dreadful peril that!
For you are then God’s foe-man,
And you will stir His wrath.
Remember then the wonders,
God did in pharaoh’s court?
His disbelieving blunders,
Provoked God’s dread retort.
Or what of the damnation,
Of Sodom and of Tyre?
Each fell in conflagration,
In brimstone and in fire.
For every doomed rebellion,
All men to God opposed,
He justly did expel them –
Oh, be not Jesus’ foe!
No! Fight to stay receptive,
And hold on to your faith.
Eschew all that’s deceptive,
But on God’s Spirit wait.
Remember God is gracious,
And He has called to you.
So turn your heart to praises,
And meditate on truth!

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Of Men and Angels (Hebrews 2:16-3:1)

When angels fell in treason,
The Lord has shown no grace to them,
But damned them harshly in their sin,
His justice soon will seize them.
Yet our sins He atones,
To take us as His own.

The seed of Abram saving,
The seed of Abraham’s great trust,
For He became as like to us.
All suffering then braving,
In mercy for our plight,
And tested for His right.

And now He may deliver,
That man afflicted in his sin,
Assuring us that we will win,
Destroying that Deceiver,
For He has blazed the way,
To save us by His grace.

Cement this in your thinking:
This man who all these works has done,
Is Jesus Christ, Jehovah’s Son.
This holy work completing.
The Lord, sent in humility,
To call us to His family.

Condemnation (Romans 8:1-17)

A God who has condemned us with His law,
Demanding nothing but perfection.
Like beasts we plead for life; we thrash, we claw,
No hope for mercy or protection.

A God who has condemned Himself instead,
Enduring even crucifixion,
And then is resurrected from the dead,
To free us of our sin-addiction.

Then where is condemnation? It is gone,
For who condemns what God’s forgiven?
So we are free through Jesus’ work alone,
Renewed, our mind is Spirit-driven.

Our flesh, though dead in rotten, rebel sin,
Is now infused with life in Spirit,
He pulls our minds away from lusts of men,
And speaks God’s word that we may hear it.

We’re saved! And yet the Spirit works again,
After He gives us Jesus’ merit,
He changes us, adopting us to Him,
That we the living God inherit!