From Whence This Fear and Unbelief?

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by Augustus M. Toplady

From whence this fear and unbelief?
Hath not the Father put to grief
His spotless Son for me?
And will the righteous Judge of men
Condemn me for that debt of sin
Which, Lord, was charged on Thee?

Complete atonement Thou hast made,
And to the utmost Thou hast paid
Whate’er Thy people owed
How then can wrath on me take place,
If sheltered in Thy righteousness
And sprinkled with Thy blood?

If thou hast my discharge procured,
And freely in my room endured
The whole of wrath divine.
Payment God cannot twice demand
First at my bleeding Surety’s hand
And then again at mine.

Turn then, my soul, unto thy rest!
The merits of thy great High Priest
Have bought thy liberty.
Trust in His efficacious blood
Nor fear thy banishment from God
Since Jesus died for thee.

I find it helpful to meditate on hymns such as these. What  marvelous truth it contains. Christ’s blood made our atonement. It is in His merit I put my faith and not on my own.

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2 thoughts on “From Whence This Fear and Unbelief?”

  1. Toplady, Newton, Cowper, Watts, Wesley – a friend of mine once stated, “1800 years of hymnology, and we are living in the last five.” I am grieved that our children have lost these incredible hymns and the truths they proclaim.

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