31. The Father, From Eternity

P.M.
by Nicolai, 1598
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The Father, from eternity,
 
Chose us, O Jesus Christ, in Thee,
 
In Thee, His well-belovèd:
 
And we, as given to Thee—Thy bride,
 
In Thee, Lord Jesus, can confide:
 
Thy love remains unmovèd.
 
From Thee daily
 
Strength receiving—to Thee cleaving,
 
Blessèd Jesus!
 
May we all show forth Thy praises.
Ephesians 1:4; Ephesians 1:6; Ephesians 5:25-32; 2 Timothy 1:12; Romans 8:38-39; Colossians 1:11; Acts 11:23; 1 Peter 2:9
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Before the world we'd make our boast,
 
That Thou, in whom is all our trust,
 
Art Lord of life and glory;
 
And soon Thou'lt bring us to that place
 
Where we shall see Thee face to face,
 
And, glorified, adore Thee.
 
Amen! Be then
 
Praise and blessing—never ceasing
 
To Thee given
 
Here, and when we come to heaven.
Acts 3:15; 1 Corinthians 2:8; Hebrews 10:37; Revelation 22:4; Revelation 5:13
“According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love.” (Ephesians 1:4)
“To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.” (Ephesians 1:6)
“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it. That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word. That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church. For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.” (Ephesians 5:25-32)
“For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.” (2 Timothy 1:12)
“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come. Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)
“Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness.” (Colossians 1:11)
“Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord.” (Acts 11:23)
“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 killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.” (Acts 3:15)
“Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” (1 Corinthians 2:8)
“For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.” (Hebrews 10:37)
“And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.” (Revelation 22:4)
“And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.” (Revelation 5:13)