At Calvary

Years I spent in vanity and pride,
caring not my Lord was crucified,
knowing not it was for me He died
on Calvary.

Years I spent in vanity and pride. While not all of us may be living exactly as Peter describes here. We may not have walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatriesbut all of us have a life prior to salvation that could only be described as all vanity. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. We may not have lived that kind of life, but we all have sinned so that we are separated from God. We might say that all of these things flow right out of our pride; pride is our soul killer. Starting with Adam and Eve, we all suffer the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.

Knowing not it was for me He died on Calvary. Even if we know it, we think it’s foolishness, for  For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness. 

By God’s Word at last my sin I learned;
then I trembled at the law I’d spurned,
till my guilty soul imploring turned
to Calvary. 

By God’s Word at last my sin I learned; then I trembled at the law I’d spurned We all understand that there is a lawgiver, and thus a law. We know of him by the invisible things of him from the creation of the world and because we know, we are without excuse. All of us have the Law imprinted on our hearts, even those who don’t know it, because despite not having it, do by nature the things contained in the law.  However, the law was never designed to save but to be our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

Oh, the love that drew salvation’s plan!
Oh, the grace that brought it down to man!
Oh, the mighty gulf that God did span
at Calvary. 

God loved us so much that he gave his only begotten Son. God cannot not love for God is love. There was a gulf that separated us from God, for our sins have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. Yet, he loved us even while we were yet sinners; despite our sin, Christ died for us.

Mercy there was great, and grace was free;
pardon there was multiplied to me;
there my burdened soul found liberty
at Calvary.

Mercy means we don’t get what we deserve, and grace is us getting something we never deserved. What we deserve is a judgment; what we get by faith is forgiveness. It is a gift. Like any gift, we have to accept it, however. Will you today?

At Calvary

Years I spent in vanity and pride,
caring not my Lord was crucified,
knowing not it was for me He died
on Calvary.

By God’s Word at last my sin I learned;
then I trembled at the law I’d spurned,
till my guilty soul imploring turned
to Calvary. 

Now I’ve given to Jesus everything,
now I gladly own Him as my King,
now my raptured soul can only sing
of Calvary. 

Oh, the love that drew salvation’s plan!
Oh, the grace that brought it down to man!
Oh, the mighty gulf that God did span
at Calvary. 

Refrain:
Mercy there was great, and grace was free;
pardon there was multiplied to me;
there my burdened soul found liberty
at Calvary.

Written by William R. Newell

Scripture References

1 Peter 4:3  For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:

Romans 3:23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

1 John 2:16  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

1 Corinthians 1:18  For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

Romans 1:20  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Romans 2:14 King  For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:

Galatians 3:24  Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

John 3:16 King  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

1 John 4:8  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

Isaiah 59:2 King  But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.