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Friday, January 14, 2011

Let us hold fast our profession

WE have a great, a glorious High Priest; he has made a full atonement for our sins; he is gone to present his blood before his Father in the holiest of all; he has a tender heart; he ever liveth to make intercession for us. We have professed to be the true circumcision, to trust in his finished work alone for acceptance with God, and to devote ourselves entirely to his service. But there are many temptations to draw us aside, to lead us to trust in something of our own, to doubt either his power or his pity, and to withdraw ourselves from his service. But, let us be steadfast. Let us be steady. Let us hold fast our profession, and prove that we do so by coming boldly to the throne of grace in his name, by looking only to him and his perfect work for our justification and complete salvation, and by devoting our time, talents, and influence, to the promotion of his glory, and the extension of his kingdom. Many have given way to temptation, many have made shipwreck of faith and of a good conscience, let us therefore watch and be sober. Let us be jealous of ourselves.

    Jesus ever lives to plead
    His suffering people's cause,
Let us then pursue our Head,

    And bear his daily cross,-
Faithful unto death remain,
And in the crown of life resound.

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