Monday, November 2, 2009

Hymn of the Week: Now I Belong to Jesus

This hymn by Norman Clayton reminds us of the eternal security of the believer: That once we have accepted Christ by faith as Savior, we are His children forever. Some would have us believe that salvation can be lost or forfeit; the Bible does not teach this. John 10:27-30 remind us,

27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
30 I and my Father are one.
This doctrine of "eternal security" should be a great comfort to the hearts and minds of Christians. Nothing Satan can do can disturb the certainty of an eternity with God someday! And while some would use this as a license to spend their earthly days pursuing fleshly and selfish desires, it should have the opposite effect, drawing us toward God and to obedience to Him and gratitude for what He has done.

To meditate upon salvation and a certain eternity in Heaven should be a great comfort to every Christian!

Now I Belong To Jesus

Jesus my Lord will love me forever,
From Him no power of evil can sever;
He gave His life to ransom my soul—
Now I belong to Him!


Now I belong to Jesus,
Jesus belongs to me—
Not for the years of time alone,
But for eternity.

Once I was lost in sin's degradation,
Jesus came down to bring me salvation,
Lifted me up from sorrow and shame—
Now I belong to Him!


Joy floods my soul, for Jesus has saved me,
Freed me from sin that long had enslaved me;
His precious blood He gave to redeem—
Now I belong to Him!


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