67. Like Thee, O Lord--How Wondrous Fair

by J. Denham Smith
Like Thee, O Lord—how wondrous fair,
Lord Jesus, all Thy members are;
A life divine to them is given—
The bright inheritance of heaven.
“Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” (2 Peter 1:4)
“Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.” (Ephesians 1:14)
Just as we were we came to Thee,
As heirs of wrath and misery;
Just as Thou art—now we are Thine,
We stand in righteousness divine.
“And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.” (1 Thessalonians 1:10)
“For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.” (1 Corinthians 6:20)
Just as Thou art—nor doubt, nor fear,
Can e'er to those like Thee be near,
Oh boundless love! as Thee we're seen
The "righteousness of God in Him."
“And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” (Ephesians 3:19)
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
Just as Thou art—oh blissful ray
That turned our darkness into day!
That woke us from our death of sin
To know our perfectness in Him.
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.” (1 Peter 2:9)
“And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins.” (Ephesians 2:1)
“Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.” (Colossians 2:12)
Soon, soon, mid joys on joys untold,
Thou wilt this grace and love unfold,
And worlds on worlds adoring see
The part Thy members have in Thee.
“For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.” (Hebrews 10:37)
“I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.” (John 17:23)