Expository Songs from I Corinthians 5

I Corinthians 5:7-8

Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

It seems writers who write anything from this chapter tend to gravitate towards verses 7 and 8. Of the writers inspired by this theme, perhaps the finest result comes from the concluding verses of Martin Luther’s “Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands”:

Here the true Paschal Lamb we see,
Whom God so freely gave us;
He died on the accursed tree—
So strong his love—to save us.
See, his blood now marks our door;
Faith points to it; death passes o’er,
And Satan cannot harm us.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

So let us keep the festival
To which the Lord invites us;
Christ is himself the joy of all,
The sun that warms and lights us.
Now his grace to us imparts
Eternal sunshine to our hearts;
The night of sin is ended.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Then let us feast this Easter Day
On Christ, the bread of heaven;
The Word of grace has purged away
The old and evil leaven.
Christ alone our souls will feed;
He is our meat and drink indeed;
Faith lives upon no other!
Alleluia! Alleluia!

References

Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands (I Corinthians 5:7-8)
Martin Luther, Richard Massie
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The Feast of Easter was enjoin’d (I Corinthians 5:7-8)
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The Lamb’s High Banquet Called to Share (I Corinthians 5:7-8)
John Mason Neale
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Christ, Our Passover (I Corinthians 5:7)
Henry Gilmour
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Now at the Lamb’s great paschal feast (I Corinthians 5:7)
Edward Caswall
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Since Christ our Passover is slain (I Corinthians 5:7)
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