165. Head of the Church Triumphant

7,7,8,7.
by C. Wesley
1
Head of the church triumphant!
 
We joyfully adore Thee;
 
Till Thou appear, Thy members here
 
Would sing like those in glory!
 
We lift our hearts and voices,
 
In blest anticipation,
 
And cry aloud, and give to God
 
The praise of our salvation.
Colossians 1:18; 1 Timothy 6:14
2
While in affliction's furnace,
 
And passing through the fire,
 
The love we praise which tries our ways,
 
And ever brings us nigher.
 
We lift our hearts, exulting
 
In Thine almighty favor:
 
The love divine which made us Thine
 
Shall keep us Thine forever.
Isaiah 48:10; 1 Peter 1:7; Job 23:10; Psalm 119:67; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Jude 1:24
3
Thou dost conduct Thy people
 
Safely through all temptation;
 
Nor will we fear, since Thou art near,
 
The fire of tribulation.
 
The world with sin and Satan,
 
Display their strength before us;
 
By Thee we shall break through them all,
 
And join the heavenly chorus.
1 Corinthians 10:13; Hebrews 13:5; John 16:33; 2 Corinthians 1:4; Matthew 13:19-22; Romans 8:37
4
By faith we see the glory
 
Of which Thou dost assure us;
 
The world despise, for that high prize
 
Which Thou hast set before us.
 
And may we, counted worthy
 
To meet the Son from heaven,
 
There see our Lord, by all adored,
 
To us in glory given.
Hebrews 11:1; Philippians 3:14; Luke 20:35; 2 Thessalonians 1:5
“And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.” (Colossians 1:18)
“That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Timothy 6:14)
“Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.” (Isaiah 48:10)
“That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 1:7)
“But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” (Job 23:10)
“Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.” (Psalm 119:67)
“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)