“Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven! Who, like me, His praise should sing?”

Remembering when I fist read the words quoted below in 1st. Peter as a 13 year old, in the RSV bible I had bought after my conversion at SU camp. They left me speechless. On this Good Friday, they still have that impact upon me: this is why I live; this is what I live for; this is what I have sought to minister; this is why I know I am going to heaven when I die; this is the reason I will live forever; the sting of death is the law and Christ  has drawn that sting by paying  HImself  for the broken laws that Father, Son and Holy Spirit made. This too is what I was blissfully ignorant of; this is what I was completely unconcerned about until grace opened my eyes. Sadly, this is also the gospel that is being increasingly despised by those who claim to be part of the “church.” I saw that happening when I was converted, I see it still. However, I am a debtor to the grace of God which chose me and loved me in eternity and loved me in time, before I ever loved Him. What He has done for me when I was ignorant, He can do for others. Salvation is of The Lord. He can convert someone who has no intention of being converted and can save someone whose will is set against being saved. Wherever did we get the idea that God is a gentleman? He tramples human will and decision underfoot without so much as a by or leave when He so chooses. That is why there is hope for any person. Not because they can change but because God can intervene and change hearts totally against our own will! He will have mercy on whom he will have mercy and, fearful thought,  will harden hearts too as He chooses.


Here are the words. There are a huge variety of people who read these blogs in surprising places. I know some of you are ministers of a more liberal perusasion than I am. Will you read these verses and think of the lamb slain since the foundation of the world? Maybe this Good Friday as you preach to others from a place of knowing Christ only distantly,  you will be converted and become a born again Christian (there is no other sort of Christian than one who has been converted and born again)  and  like John Newton start preaching from this Good Friday the gospel you  have long laboured to destroy.


“You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your fathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. He was destined before the foundation of the world but was made manifest at the end of the times for your sake.”

God Bless

Kenny

7 comments on ““Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven! Who, like me, His praise should sing?”

  1. Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven! Who, like me, His praise should sing?” I sang these words along with 300 other people at my Dad’s funeral this week. He, like you, understood Easter and the grace of the Lord Jesus so well and shared that sure and certain hope of the resurrection. Please keep writing….

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  2. Heather J Temple-Williams says:

    “My sin, oh the bliss of this glorious thought,
    My sin not in part, but the whole
    Is nailed to His cross
    And I bear it no more
    Praise the Lord!
    Praise the Lord!
    Oh my soul!

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  3. Lynn Lindsay says:

    Oh that everyone would get to read or hear these words of Gospel Truth at least once in their lives !!! Oh that our Gracious, Loving and Almighty, Heavenly Father would draw His children from the north and the south and the east and the west, to Himself by the Precious Blood of Jesus shed on the Cross for each one of us !!!
    Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to Thy Cross I cling !!
    He is Worthy !!!
    The Lamb upon the Throne is Worthy !!!

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  4. Noella Ross says:

    Thank you, Kenny! Today would have been my deceased husband’s birthday. I am so thankful to know he is redeemed by Jesus’ sacrifice and God’s mighty plan to bring us to live with Him forever.

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  5. Angela says:

    Thank you, Kenny. I love Easter and recalling that it was joy, not the will of evil or ignorant people, that caused Jesus to submit to the cross and all that went with it.
    The joy of knowing he did his Father’s will, of knowing the power of his Father’s plan for reconciliation made possible, the joy of anticipating many rescued from separation from God for eternity.. the incomprehensible compassion Jesus had and still has is glimpsed only a little by us.
    The cost, not only in physical suffering but in total separation from God…. that last is hell on Earth and in spirit!
    To endure such terrible physical and emotional agony on behalf of those who neither respected him nor appreciated him.. that is mind boggling compassion!
    Would I sacrifice my wounded soul that demands apology, lay aside my hurt in order to put the offender’s needs before my own?
    Rarely!
    The human heart demands retribution, vindication, punishment.
    And I suppose God’s Law does too but He fulfilled that price instead of demanding the offenders pay.
    So, if we perish after that, it is tragedy that spiritual opposite to God (evil) delights in beholding.
    Jesus despised not the cross and suffering. May we not despise those who sin against us or despise the truth of such mighty sacrifice.
    May Easter be/become a time of great spiritual significance and change for every person reading.

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