The greeting.

Grace, peace, and mercy in the name of Jesus. What an amazing gift to enjoy this whole day of rest devoted to the public and private worship of our God!

The Scripture.

Today I am going to read V.15 to V.24. But my sermon will be to unpack verses 15 and 16.

Galatians 1:15. But when God, who had set me apart even from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, was pleased 16 to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with flesh and blood, 17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went away to Arabia, and returned once more to Damascus. 18 Then three years later I went up to Jerusalem to become acquainted with Cephas, and stayed with him fifteen days. 19 But I did not see any other of the apostles except James, the Lord’s brother. 20 (Now in what I am writing to you, I assure you before God that I am not lying.) 21 Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia. 22 I was still unknown by sight to the churches of Judea which were in Christ; 23 but only, they kept hearing, “He who once persecuted us is now preaching the faith which he once tried to destroy.” 24 And they were glorifying God because of me.

The prayer.

Let’s ask God to help us worship Him. (Jn.14:13) Pray. 

The introduction.

Originally, I planned to look at this summary of Paul’s first missionary endeavors. But as I worked through the passage, I found that there is so much in the first two verses here that I thought we could pick up Paul’s labors next week. If God gives us next week. (James 4:13-15, Acts 18:21, I Cor.4:19, Phil.4:19, 2 Cor.9:8)

Since I read the larger passage let me show you the two main ideas. And they are related. One is the root. The other is the fruit. 

Verses 15-16 is about coming to know Christ savingly. Obviously, here we will see initial enmity against Jesus will become adoration of Christ. Or unbelief will be exchanged with belief.

Then in verses 17-24 we have the proclamation of Christ to others that they also might be saved. 

Knowing Christ.

What I hope for this morning is to consider what it means to know Christ savingly. How does Paul describe his knowledge of Christ? 

In V.15-16 the apostle gives some particulars about coming to know Jesus savingly. I will point out that what we find here is not exhaustive. The Bible says many other things to describe what it means to know Christ: coming to Christ, trusting in Christ, leaning on Christ, living upon Him, being born again from above and so on. Today let’s look at Paul’s description here.

V.15. But when God, who had set me apart even from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, was pleased 16 to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with flesh and blood, 

Knowing Christ savingly is of God.

(But when God) We see that Paul begins with God as the primary reason for his belief in Jesus as the Christ. This is very important. What he believes about salvation in Christ will then constitute the content of what he preaches to others about salvation in Jesus.

In other words, if he really believed that he himself was the primary and the initial cause of his knowing Jesus then he would say so.  But he did not say, but when I Paul decided for Jesus then I made a good choice, I made Jesus the Lord of my life.  Or he did not say, when my father and mother circumcised me or baptized me I then came to know Jesus. No. He says his saving knowledge of Jesus Christ first begins with God.

The way that people that believe that our salvation first and ultimately rests with Man, with us, state their view is something like this, oh well God is sovereign and isn’t it amazing that He cedes some of His sovereignty to us! Or isn’t it amazing that God is utterly sovereign but He Himself yields to the sovereign free-will of Man! Or as a local professor at the Christian college said, isn’t it amazing that God is totally sovereign and can do all things, yet the only thing He cannot do is move the will of man!

Beloved let’s be good Bereans. What does the Scripture say? Someone must move first in salvation. Does God move to man first to save man? Or does natural man dead in their sins and trespasses move to God first? And exactly how do spiritually dead people move at all? (Eph.2:1-9, Rom.3:9-18) I know that sounds silly when I put it this way.  But who is primary and who is responsive or reflexive?

Remember it is God the Holy Spirit that inspires Paul to writes what he writes.

V.15. But when God, who had set me apart even from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, was pleased 16 to reveal His Son in me 

According to the decree of God.

(who had set me apart) Paul now says that God had predetermined or predestined to save him from his sins by the Redeemer of sins Jesus Christ. According to God’s own secret counsel He has ordained all that comes to pass. A deep mystery? Yes. But still it is the clear teaching of Scripture.

Ephesians 1:11. also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, 12 to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory.

Acts 13:47. For so the Lord has commanded us, ‘I HAVE PLACED YOU AS A LIGHT FOR THE GENTILES, THAT YOU MAY BRING SALVATION TO THE END OF THE EARTH.'” 48 When the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord; and as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.

As we said last week that is what he is getting at by saying, God set me apart from my mother’s womb. (Jer.1:5) Beloved, we only know this after we are converted to Christ. It is when we go from not knowing Christ to knowing Christ that we understand, oh God was working out His plan to save me in Jesus. (Col.1:13)

So, what Paul as the preacher will preach is the complete sovereignty of God in salvation.  Even as we see the complete sovereignty of God in creation.  God does as He pleases, and no one can say to Him what have You done? (Dan.4:34-37) No one can accuse God of wrongdoing. God has complete rights over all His creatures. He has vessels of mercy and vessels of wrath. And this is right. (Rom.9:6-33)

God has a plan to save a particular people in Christ, and He will bring it to pass. (Jn.17:1-17)

Perhaps I could even argue that all of God’s government of all things touches on that purpose. Again, I realize the eternal unchangeable effective decree of God can perplex us and even frighten us. (WCF 3.1-8) But listen to this very insightful quote by J.I Packer.

To know that nothing happens in God’s world apart from God’s will, may frighten the godless, but it stabilizes the saints. 

According to the grace of God.

(through His grace) Now most of us are familiar with the fact that the grace of God means the gift of God. The notion is that Christ and salvation in Christ and knowing Christ is a gift from God to us. Of course, this is related to the election he has just spoken of.

Paul is stressing the truth that we as the sinners provide nothing for salvation except that our sins are the material cause for our salvation.

I do not think that when we hear of God’s grace that we can emphasize the idea of free gift enough. Free to us. We pay nothing. We contribute nothing. Listen to Isaiah…

Isaiah 55:1. Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters; And you who have no money come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk Without money and without cost. 2 “Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And delight yourself in abundance. 3 “Incline your ear and come to Me. Listen, that you may live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you, According to the faithful mercies shown to David.

Also we do not do anything to prompt God to give us salvation in Christ. And I am here not speaking about faith or our faith in Jesus receiving Jesus. We do receive Jesus savingly by faith, which itself is a gift or grace of God. (Eph.2:1-9) What I mean is that real grace means that we do not do anything to “prepare” to receive grace or to incite God to give us grace either.

There is a view within Christianity called preparationism. This is the view that unregenerate people can take steps in preparation for conversion. The idea is if the unregenerate, the unbeliever dead in their sins, reads the Bible, attends worship, and prays for the Holy Spirit that he “may” prepare himself to receive the saving grace of God.

As an aside, in Christian charity, I believe the some of the men that hold this view are just trying to reconcile the divine indicatives and the divine imperatives of Scripture. Christ has paid it all. Now come to Christ. (Mt.11:28-30) I confess, I myself are not quite able to reconcile the total depravity of man and God’s commands directing all men to repent and believe. God’s sovereignty and man’s full responsibility is something I think we must wait until the eternal estate to comprehend.

But certainly I am a vocal advocate of the right use of the means of God’s grace, the instruments through which God feeds us on Christ. The word, sacraments, and prayer.

However, even with using the means of grace unless God graces us or gifts us with insight, illumination, and renewal in Christ, with saving faith in Christ as He is presented in the means then they will be ineffectual for us.

An unbeliever reading the gospel in the Bible is not “preparing” himself to receive the gift of salvation. If that were true then his preparing would be a work, thus nullifying true grace. (Rom.11:6). Likewise, the ability to prepare to be saved would contradict the truth of total depravity. (Rom.3:9-18)

However, I will always encourage unbelievers, and everyone for that matter, to read the Bible because that is where God ordinarily reveals Christ to us savingly. (WCF 1.1, Jn.3:16, 2 Tim.3:14-17)

Now hear what the RCC Council of Trent session six article five had to say on the matter.

The Synod furthermore declares, that in adults, the beginning of the said Justification is to be derived from the prevenient grace of God, through Jesus Christ, that is to say, from His vocation, whereby, without any merits existing on their parts, they are called; that so they, who by sins were alienated from God, may be disposed through His quickening and assisting grace, to convert themselves to their own justification, by freely assenting to and co-operating with that said grace: in such sort that, while God touches the heart of man by the illumination of the Holy Ghost, neither is man himself utterly without doing anything while he receives that inspiration, forasmuch as he is also able to reject it; yet is he not able, by his own free will, without the grace of God, to move himself unto justice in His sight.

Assisting grace “so that” we can work is not the free and full gift of God. This is the Galatian heresy. This is the false gospel of legalism, trusting partly in Christ’s work and partly in our own work for our salvation.

Here is what we as Reformed and Presbyterian Protestants believe about the spiritual condition of fallen man.

WCF 9.3  Man, by his fall into a state of sin, hath wholly lost all ability of will to any spiritual good accompanying salvation;(1) so as, a natural man, being altogether averse from that good,(2) and dead in sin,(3) is not able, by his own strength, to convert himself, or to prepare himself thereunto.(4)

(1) Rom. 5:6; Rom. 8:7; John 15:5. (2) Rom. 3:10,12. (3) Eph. 2:1,5; Col. 2:13.
(4) John 6:44,65; Eph. 2:2,3,4,5; 1 Cor. 2:14; Tit. 3:3,4,5.

Let’s think about Paul when he was unconverted Saul of Tarsus. And I want us to think about him in relationship to the false Gospel of the Judaizers that have beguiled the Galatian Christians. The false Gospel says our salvation depends partly on Christ’s work and partly on our work, our good works. (Acts 10:10-16, Gal.2:14, Gal.6:12-13, Acts 15:1-35)

Unconverted Saul thought he had a superabundant supply of good works or that he kept the law of God and the religious laws of the Pharisees. He says so in Philippians 3:1-14. But in fact, all his good works were sins.

Saul was a man that was trying to earn his way into heaven by tithing dill, mint, and cumin (as it were). (Mt.23:23, Mk.7:1-13) But at the very same time he had zero problem holding the coats of men murdering Saint Stephen. (Acts 7:58, 22:20) That is the so-called good works of man. (Isa.64:6) Good deeds offered by a murderer. Go to church on Sunday but sin like the devil for the rest of the week while pretending to be an angel!

My point is this, Paul now knows that salvation cannot be of our works because our works are all wicked because they come from a wicked creature. Sin cannot merit salvation. Salvation must be by God’s free gift if any are to be saved. Beloved legalists say the word grace but they do not understand grace. Grace is pure gift. It is not the gift of an ability for our work.

Any merit attributed for our salvation either before we were converted or after we were converted utterly ruins the idea of salvation being a free gift of God in Christ. It is funny isn’t it? That men love free everything. Free healthcare. Free education. Free housing. Free food. But tell a man that salvation is free in Christ and they will fight you tooth and nail for them to “pay” something. Such is the hated of the Cross. Such is the hatred of God’s grace. Such is the hatred of God!

Look at what Paul says.

I Corinthians 15:9. For I am the least of the apostles, and not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.

I Timothy 1:13. even though I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor. Yet I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief; 14 and the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, with the faith and love which are found in Christ Jesus. 15 It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all.

Oh Beloved, Jesus says in order to go to heaven that our righteousness has to exceed that of the Pharisees, a little faulty quasi obedience to the law does not pay the debt for our lawbreaking. (Mt.5:20, Mk.10:17-27, Mt.19:16-22, Lk.18:9-14)) We must have the complete forgiveness of all our sins. We must have the acquisition of perfect obedience to the Law. We must have Christ – our saving Substitute.

According to the pleasure of God.

(was pleased) Notice that the apostle says that God revealed Christ through His grace for His pleasure. Here is why Paul was saved in Christ, because it pleased God. Let me emphasize the “pleased” and the “God” parts.

First that God is pleased or has pleasure. This indicates that God has the attributes of a personal Being. God is not some nebulous force. No. God has personhood as it were. He is. He thinks. He feels. He acts. But again, His Deity is so beyond our full comprehension that we are limited by our own creatureliness. (WCF 2.1-2)

Obviously, God is speaking in our language to condescend to man so that we can understand God. God is essentially eternally immutable blessed in Himself. He is pleased within Himself. He does not have emotions like man that wax and wane with the tides of life. I understand the Bible says things like, God was then angry, then God repented of His anger and what He planned to do to Nineveh and so on. (see Works of John Newton, vol.5, p.275)

Even though we may not be able to reconcile God’s immutability to statements of His pleasure versus His anger, nevertheless we can understand the general meaning here.

The God of the Bible is a God that delights to save sinners.  Yes, there is wrath in God. He says it in His word. We see it in the Cross preeminently. But Beloved, the Cross of Christ also shows us something else, the kind and the merciful and the loving heart of God.

When Paul says that it pleased “God” to save Paul in Christ we see that salvation is fundamentally something for the glory of God. Yes, it is for the good of man, but for the good of man as it glorifies God. God does everything to glorify Himself. (Isa.48:9-11, Eph.1:1-14, Isa.43:6-7, 49:3, Jer.13:11, Ps.106:7-8, Rom.9:17, Exod.14:4-18, Ezek.20:14, 2 Sam.7:23, I Sam.12:20-22, Ezek.36:22-32, Jn.7:18, 14:13, 12:27-28, 17:1, 13:31-32, Rom.3:25-26, Isa.43:25, Jn.16:14, I Pt.4:11, 2 Thess.1:9-10, Rom.9:22-23, 11:36, Rev.21:23)

The unbeliever balks at this. The unbeliever accuses God of being self-centered and proud. Think on that. The unbeliever angry at God that God does all things for His own glory. Wickedly proud men hate a justly proud God.

But in this, even we as Believers swoon. Sadly, we are still so addicted to seeing all of our life somehow in relationship to our well being and to our glory, if I could put it that way, that we have a hard time seeing that God is the center of all things, not us, and not any man.

Beloved, the modern way of presenting the gospel of Jesus Christ is so man-focused so man centered. God in Christ are presented to Man as if they existed for us. Christ is there to please us. God is there to make us happy.

The Bible says, that it pleases God to reveal Jesus to sinners. It pleases God to save sinners.

Well, you may say, then why does He not save everyone? The simple answer is, is that He has not decreed to save everyone. (Eph.1:11, I Pt.:6-10, Jn.1:10-13, Rom.9:13, Mal.1:1-3) God has willed to save some. God has willed to pass over others unto condemnation. (WCF 3.3, 3.7, 10. 4) Beyond that I cannot go. This is His realm and right, which we have no right to pry. (Dt.29:29) The pottery must be silent before the Potter.

It pleases God to save.  But nowhere in the Bible does it say that it pleases God to damn. In fact, God expressly says, He takes no delight in the death of the wicked. (Ezek.18:23, 33:11) He will get glory for the judgment of the wicked. This will glorify His justice. (Rom.9:16-23)

But try to get that into your heart. It pleases God to save sinners, awful sinners, proud legalists and profligate libertines. (Col.1:19, Isa.53:10, Isa.46:9-10)

What is this Beloved but the love of God, the mercy of God, the compassion of God. Oh to be filled with His Spirit! To be filled with this kind of love for the lost sinner. Remember sinners are not lovely. We are not nice and gentle. Think of some bad sinner. Perhaps the person you dressed this morning. 😊 They are offensive to us. We don’t want to make eye contact with them. We don’t want them around us or our children.

For God so loved the world that He sent His only Begotten Son that whosever should believe in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (Jn.3:16, Lk.6:35-36)

Luke 15:4. What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? 5 “When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 “And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ 7 “I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. 

Luke 15:19. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men.”‘ 20 “So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. 21 “And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22 “But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet; 23 and bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; 24 for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.’ And they began to celebrate.

According to the revelation of God.

(to reveal His Son in me) Now that brings us to our last point, which we have been speaking about all along. It pleases God to save sinners by revealing Jesus Christ to them.

Matthew 16:15. He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 

You see true Religion, true Biblical Christianity, the true Gospel of salvation in the true Jesus is revealed to us by God. (WCF 1.1) God reveals Christ to us in two ways. One, outward. And two inward. The inward is the effectual or spiritual application of the outward. The preaching of Christ. And then the reception of Christ preached by faith. (Rom.10:1-17)

Beloved, salvation is in Christ, only in Christ. Salvation is by knowing Jesus, believing Jesus, trusting Jesus for the forgiveness of our sins.  Jesus saves.

The only Savior of sinners is Jesus the eternal Son of God that became the Son of Man in time, through the womb of the Virgin Mary. Born of her yet without any sin.

You see Beloved this is the great offense of our holy faith. Only Jesus saves. Christ alone saves. He alone is the One that shall save His people from their sins.  There is salvation in no other name. No other gods. No other gurus. No other religions. Only Christ Jesus.

But this is also the great love, joy, and hope of our holy Faith – Jesus.

We must know Christ to be saved. We must have God reveal to us that we are needy sinners and that we are under the wrath of God for our sin, that we are in great danger every moment of every day that we live apart from Christ, we could fall into a Christless eternity in the blink of an eye, every one of our sins cries out for God’s condemning justice.

But Jesus is our great sacrifice. Jesus and Jesus alone is the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world. Jesus alone lays down His life as a sacrifice for the sins of His people. (Phil.3:8-11)

This hymn by Israel Houghton expresses the heart of everyone that knows Christ savingly, “I Surrender All”.

All to Jesus I surrender, All to Him I freely give, I will ever love and trust Him, In His presence daily live. 

All to Jesus I surrender, Humbly at His feet I bow, Worldly pleasures all forsaken, Take me Jesus take me now. 

I surrender all, I surrender all, All to Thee my blessed Savior, I surrender all. 

All to Jesus I surrender, Make me Savior wholly Thine, Let me feel the Holy Spirit, Truly know that Thou art mine. 

All to Jesus I surrender, Lord I give myself to Thee, Fill me with Thy love and power, Let Thy blessings fall on me. 

All to Jesus I surrender, Now I feel the sacred flame, Oh the joy of full salvation, Glory glory to His name. 

Amen 

Study Questions.

  1. What do we mean when we say that God is sovereign? What is He sovereign over? Does God share His sovereignty with man? Is God sovereign in creation? Is God sovereign in redemption? What do we learn about God by this? What do we learn about man by this? How should the sovereignty of God affect us practically? How is the sovereignty of God related to Paul (and us) knowing Christ savingly? (Eph.1:1-11. Eph.2:1-9, Rom.8:28, Mt.10:29-31, Col.1:16-17, Isa.45:7-9, Prov.16:33, Job 42:2, Lam.3:37-39, Acts 4:27-28, Ps.115:3, Rom.11:33, Isa.25:8-9, Isa.61:1, Jer.32:17, Acts 5:39, WCF 2.2, WCF 3.7, WLC 13, WLC 189)
  1. What is the decree or the decrees of God? Is the decree of God changeable? How is the decree of God worked out? How does the decree of God relate and ensure that Paul (and the elect) will know Christ savingly? (Heb. 11:6, 1 Jn.5:17, Acts 15:14-18, Acts 4:27-28, Eph.1:11, Rom.11:33, Rom.9:14-18, Eph. 1:4-11, Rom. 9:22-23, Ps.33:11, WCF 3.3, WCF 5.2, WCF 11.4, WCF 17.2, WLC 6, WLC 12-14, Gal.1:15-16)
  1. What is the grace of God as relates to salvation in Christ? How does Paul attribute his salvation to the grace of God? Does man do anything or add anything or help God’s grace in anyway? Let us say a car cost $10,000. Did God “grace” us by Himself paying $9,000 and then graced us by helping us to work and pay the other $1,000 – does this represent the grace of God in salvation? Why? Why not? (Isa.55:1-3, Gal.1:15-16, Eph.2:8-9, Rom.5:1-10, I Tim.1:15-16, Exod.33:19, Acts 4:12, Acts 20:24, Heb.7:23-25, Titus 3:4-7, Lk.18:9-14, Rom.11:5-6, Gal.5:4, Rom.5:20-21, Rom.8:1-4, Gal.2:21, Acts 15:7-11, Acts 16:30-31, I Cor.15:10, I Cor.4:7, Rom.3:21-24, Rom.4:14-16, Heb.4:16, WCF 3.5, WCF 5.6, WCF 7.3, WLC 32)
  1. If we add anything to the grace of God in salvation what does this do to God’s grace? If any of our works, done by our own power or even supposedly “assisted” by God, what would this do to the sufficiency of Christ’s Cross? (Rom.11:5-7, Rom.3:11-29, Gal.2:16, Rom.6:23, Gal.3:11, Jn.19:30, Jn.3:16, Jn.14:6, Acts 16:31, Jn.6:47, Isa.53:5, I Jn.1:7, I Pt.2:24, Heb.10:1-39, Rom.4:5)
  1. Does God have wrath or anger? If so, why and upon whom? (Rom.1:18, Jn.3:36, Rom.12:17-21, Ezek.25:17, Isa.26:11, Nahum 1:2-6, Ps.7:11, Rev.19:11-21, Mt.10:28, Rom.2:5, Rom.6:23, 2 Pt.2:9, Rev.20:15, Rom.5:9, Heb.10:26-31, Jn.15:6, Ps.75:8, I Thess.5:9, Mt.7:13-14, Eph.5:6, I Thess.1:10, WCF 3.7, WCF 6.6)
  1. How does Christ satisfy the wrath of God for His people? (Rom.3:25, Heb.2:17, I Jn.2:2, I Jn.4:10, Isa.53:1-12, Heb.12:1-3, Gal.3:13, Ps.22:1-18, Ps.69:1-12, Isa.51:17, Eph.5:2, Jn.18:11, Ps.60:3, Jer.25:15)
  1. Does God delight in the death (or the damnation) of the wicked? Does God receive glory for the damnation of the wicked? Explain. (Ezek.18:23, Ezek.33:11, Rom.9:16-23)
  1. Does is please God to reveal Christ Jesus to people savingly or so that they may believe in Jesus unto salvation? Does it please God to save sinners? If so, why? What do we learn about God by this? How should this affect us? How does this relate to our knowing Jesus savingly? (Eph.1:15-16, Jn.3:16, Lk.6:27-37, Lk.19:10, I Jn.4:7-21, Isa.54:10, Gal.2:20, Eph.2:4-5, Ps.86:15, Zeph.3:17, Jn.15:13, Rom.9:15, Rom.9:22-23, Ezek.18:23, Ps.147:11, Ezek.33:11, Micah 7:18, Mt.16:15, Lk.15:4-7, Lk.15:19-24)
  1. Can people that do not know and believe in Jesus be saved? Can people that believe in other gods be saved by their religion? Can people be saved by what they learn of God by natural revelation? Why? Why not? How should this affect us? (Rom.3:9-18, Jn.3:16, Jn.3:36, Jn.14:6, 2 Tim.3:14-17, Rom.2:5-6, Rom.9:22-23; Matt. 25:21, Acts 3:19, 2 Thess.1:7-10, Rom. 10:14, 2 Thess. 1:8,9; Eph. 2:12; John 1:10-12, Jn 8:24; Mark 16:16, 1 Cor. 1:20-24, Jn.4:22, Rom. 9:31-32, Phil.3:4-9, Acts 4:12, Ph.2:1-9, Eph.5:23, WCF 1.1, WCF 33.2, WLC 60, WCF 10.1-4)
  1. Interact with this hymn by Israel Houghton? What are your thoughts? Feelings? What do we surrender to Jesus? How do we surrender what we surrender to Jesus? Do we surrender “all”? Why? Why not? Should we? 😊

All to Jesus I surrender, All to Him I freely give, I will ever love and trust Him, In His presence daily live. 

All to Jesus I surrender, Humbly at His feet I bow, Worldly pleasures all forsaken, Take me Jesus take me now.  

I surrender all, I surrender all, All to Thee my blessed Savior, I surrender all. 

All to Jesus I surrender, Make me Savior wholly Thine, Let me feel the Holy Spirit, Truly know that Thou art mine. 

All to Jesus I surrender, Lord I give myself to Thee, Fill me with Thy love and power, Let Thy blessings fall on me. 

All to Jesus I surrender, Now I feel the sacred flame, Oh the joy of full salvation, Glory glory to His name.

 

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