Thursday, November 18, 2010

A New Hymn Based on the Seventh Commandment and Lord's Day 41 of the Heidelberg Catechism

Christ Did Redeem You with His Blood

To the tune: BISHOP ( Based on the seventh commandment and Lord’s Day 41 of the Heidelberg Catechism (Related Westminster Shorter Catechism Q&A 70-72). Words: Bill Weber, 2010.

v. 1
Christ did redeem you with His blood,
His costly death has purchased you.
Belonging now to Christ your Lord,
you are His temple chaste and true.

v. 2
God’s will for you is purity,
your body, soul to Him belong.
So keep it clean, to Christ be true.
He’s your delight, your joy your song.

v. 3
Jesus in love for us did die,
our heav’nly husband for His bride.
In love He washed us, water, Word,
and sent His Spirit to reside.

v. 4
The Lord’s commands are wise and true,
and number seven’s best for you.
So do not argue ’gainst His will,
cling to your Lord who blesses you.

v. 5
Marriage is good, designed by God,
the union of a man and wife.
Pictures for us the myst’ry great,
Jesus Christ’s union with His bride.

Lord's Day 41

Q & A 108

Q. What is God's will for us
in the seventh commandment?

A. God condemns all unchastity.^1
We should therefore thoroughly detest it^2
and, married or single,
live decent and chaste lives.^3

^1 Lev. 18:30; Eph. 5:3-5
^2 Jude 22-23
^3 1 Cor. 7:1-9; 1 Thess. 4:3-8; Heb. 13:4

Q & A 109

Q. Does God, in this commandment,
forbid only such scandalous sins as adultery?

A. We are temples of the Holy Spirit, body and soul,
and God wants both to be kept clean and holy.
That is why he forbids
everything which incites unchastity,^1
whether it be actions, looks, talk, thoughts, or desires.^2

^1 1 Cor. 15:33; Eph. 5:18
^2 Matt. 5:27-29; 1 Cor. 6:18-20; Eph. 5:3-4

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