Gadsby #5

5 C.M. Isaac Watts
The Wisdom of God. 1 Cor. 1:24; Eph. 3:9-11

1 The Lord, descending from above,
Invites his children near,
While power, and truth, and boundless love
Display their glories here.

2 Here, in thy gospel’s wondrous frame,
Fresh wisdom we pursue;
A thousand angels learn thy name,
Beyond whate’er they knew.

3 Thy name is writ in fairest lines;
Thy wonders here we trace;
Wisdom through all the mystery shines,
And shines in Jesus’ face.

4 The law its best obedience owes
To our incarnate God;
And thy revenging justice shows
Its honours in his blood.

5 But still the lustre of thy grace
Our warmer thoughts employs;
Gilds the whole scene with brighter rays,
And more exalts our joys.

What unimaginable condescension it is for God to reach down to rebels with favor. More than favor - love! Love as a father for his children. The Lord knows we are so very wayward and sin-sick and He invites us in the power, truth, and love of the gospel.

When we pursue "fresh wisdom" as we seek God, we are not seeking an enhancement in our wisdom, but rather we are seeking wisdom incarnate, Jesus Christ.

God exacting justice according to the law is a terrifying thought, but also simultaneously incredibly glorious and joy-exalting. Consider the cross.

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