No Need to Pay Twice

Following on from Easter and the death and resurrection of Jesus this old hymn comes to mind, and what a hymn – I’ve lightly modernised it – it contains a powerful declaration of the glorious liberating truth of the cross.

If you are doubting, lacking assurance, wondering whether you’ve done enough, or whether Jesus has done enough, then….

From where this fear and unbelief?
Has 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 You have made,
And to the utmost penny paid
All that Your people owed;
How then can wrath on me take place
If sheltered in Your righteousness,
And sprinkled with Your blood?

If You have my release obtained,
And freely in my place 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 your rest!
The merits of your great High Priest
Have bought your liberty;
Trust in His most effective blood,
Nor fear your banishment from God,
Since Jesus died for you!

Augustus Toplady adapted by Richard Burgess

In the words of Paul – there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ (Romans 8:1)!


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