Scriptures

In Christ Alone, Part 1

Introduction

‘Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.’ Ephesians 1:3

The hymn entitled ‘In Christ Alone’ was produced and copyrighted in 2001 by the partnership of Keith Getty and Stuart Townend as a contemporary worship song with a strong Irish melody.

The theme of the song centres on 1 Corinthians 15 which stresses the death, burial and resurrection of Christ and also of the victory He claimed over death.

‘In Christ alone, my hope is found. He is my light, my strength, my song.

This cornerstone, this solid ground, Firm through the fiercest drought and storm

What height of love, what depth of peace, When fears are ceased and strivings cease,

My Comforter my All in all, Here in the love of Christ I stand’.

In defining the nature, scope, realm and the sphere / perimeter of our blessings, Paul says to the Christians in Ephesus: ‘Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, Ephesians 1:1-3.

In terms of scope, these blessings are all-inclusive (‘every’); in terms of nature, they are ‘spiritual’; in terms of realm, they are ‘in the heavenly places’ and in terms of the sphere or perimeter of the Christians’ blessings, they are found ‘in Christ’. These suggest the exact location of our blessings. They are not found anywhere else apart from ‘In Christ’.

Stuart and Keith truly said our hope is found ‘in Christ alone’. The word ‘alone’ is exclusive. The Oxford dictionary defines ‘alone’ in this sense as ‘indicating that something is confined to the specified subject or recipient’. Christ remains our light, our strength and our all because it was at the cross where we first saw the light and the burden of our souls rolled away!

‘So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.’ Galatians 3:26-28

Prayer

Our gracious Father in whom we move, live and have our being, may we ever be thankful to You that by faith we received our sight in Christ. Amen.

DAILY BIBLE VERSE

"Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'"

John 14:6

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