I Corinthians 6:10-11
Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
This might seem like an obscure passage to set to music, but it would seem no passage was too obscure for Isaac Watts. But it’s one thing to try to write about an obscure passage, and another to achieve a solidly singable result. Isaac Watts succeeded here:
Not the malicious or profane,
The wanton or the proud,
Nor thieves, nor sland’rers, shall obtain
The kingdom of our God.
Surprising grace! and such were we
By nature and by sin,
Heirs of immortal misery,
Unholy and unclean.
But we are washed in Jesus’ blood,
We’re pardoned through his name;
And the good Spirit of our God
Has sanctified our frame.
O for a persevering power
To keep thy just commands
We would defile our hearts no more,
No more pollute our hands.
I Corinthians 6:19-20
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
There are a number of excellent expository songs drawn from this passage (see below). One is Daniel W. Whittle’s late-1800s hymn “Not My Own,” which begins:
Not my own, but saved by Jesus,
Who redeemed me by His blood,
Gladly I accept the message,
I belong to Christ the Lord.
Not my own! Oh, not my own!
Jesus, I belong to Thee!
All I have, and all I hope for,
Thine for all eternity.
The Spirit Came, As Promised (I Corinthians 6:19)
Bought By the King (I Corinthians 6:20)
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