[Excerpt from Ode to Jesus Copyright © 2017 Edward K. Watson. All rights reserved. Hymn #8.]

Meter 86.86

(a)

Follow Christ for eternal life.

Believe him and be saved!

He’s the living bread from heaven.

Have faith, repent, be kind!

(b)

We are to keep his commandments.

Believe him and obey!

Do good and show love and mercy.

Love all, and always pray!

(c)

God adopts us because of Christ.

We can be born of God!

The Lord’s foster sons and daughters.

By grace, Children of God!

(d)

The Children of God are his heirs.

By grace, we are his heirs!

No longer specks, but now his heirs –

With Jesus, fellow-heirs!

(e)

God’s children share oneness with him.

Dwelling in each other!

We live in them; they live in us.

None without the other!

(f)

Sharing in the divine nature.

God shares himself with us!

Transforming to Christ’s same image,

Awaits his followers!

(g)

Christ shares glory with God’s children.

God’s heirs share in glory!

Christ gives us his glory from God.

His heirs receive glory!

(h)

Jesus shares all he has with us –

For those who stay faithful!

Those who endure will rule with him–

A gift so wonderful!

 

(a)

BELIEF IN HIM BRINGS SALVATION: Matthew 19:27-29; John 3:15-16,36; John 6:40,47, 51,54-58; John 10:28; John 17:2-3; 1 John 1:2; 1 John 2:25; 1 John 5:9-13,20; Romans 5:21; Romans 6:23; Titus 3:7; Hebrews 5:9; 1 Peter 5:10; Jude 1:21

(b)

WE MUST OBEY HIM: Romans 1:5; Romans 6:16; Romans 16:26; Hebrews 5:9; 1 Peter 1:2; 1 Peter 1:13-14,22-23; John 15:10; 1 John 5:3; 2 John 1:4,6

(c)

HE ENABLES HIS FOLLOWERS TO BE ADOPTED BY GOD: Romans 8:15,22-23; Galatians 3:26-4:7; Ephesians 1:4-5

(d)

HIS TRUE FOLLOWERS BECOME THE CHILDREN OF GOD AND GOD’S HEIRS: John 1:12-13; 1 John 2:29-3:3; 1 John 3:9; 1 John 5:1-5; Revelation 21:7; Romans 8:14-21; Galatians 3:26-4:7; Hebrews 2:10-17; Acts 20:32; Acts 26:18; Ephesians 1:11-18; Colossians 1:12-13; Colossians 3:24; Titus 3:7; Hebrews 1:14; Hebrews 9:15; James 2:5; 1 Peter 1:3-5

(e)

THE CHILDREN OF GOD SHARE ONENESS AND MUTUAL INDWELLING WITH GOD: John 15:1-11; John 17:11,21-23; Romans 8:16-17; 1 Corinthians 6:17; Galatians 3:26-29; John 6:56; John 14:20,23; 1 John 5:20; Romans 8:9-11; 1 Corinthians 3:16-17; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 1:4; Colossians 1:27

(f)

THE CHILDREN OF GOD SHARE THE DIVINE NATURE: Romans 8:28-30; 1 Corinthians 1:9; 1 Corinthians 15:48-49; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 2 Corinthians 8:9; Ephesians 3:19; Ephesians 4:13,15,24; Colossians 2:9-10; Colossians 3:10; Hebrews 3:14; Hebrews 12:9-10; 2 Peter 1:3-4; 1 John 1:3-7; 1 John 2:29-3:3

(g)

THE CHILDREN OF GOD SHARE GLORY: John 17:22; Romans 5:2; Colossians 3:4; 2 Timothy 2:10; 2 Peter 1:3-4; Romans 8:17-21,28-30; Romans 9:23-24; 2 Corinthians 4:17; Ephesians 1:11-18; Colossians 1:27; 1 Thessalonians 2:12; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14; Hebrews 2:10

(h)

THE CHILDREN OF GOD SHARE RULE AND EVERYTHING HE HAS: Revelation 3:21; Revelation 20:4; 2 Timothy 2:12; Luke 12:44; Romans 8:32; 1 Corinthians 3:21-23; 2 Corinthians 6:10; Hebrews 3:14; 2 Timothy 4:7-8; James 1:12; Luke 12:32; Luke 22:29-30; Ephesians 2:5-7; James 2:5; Revelation 1:6; Revelation 5:10; Revelation 22:5; Revelation 21:7; Mark 13:13

 

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