Because of One the World Was Cursed

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The doctrine of imputation is one of the most precious truths in all of Scripture yet it is often neglected or misunderstood. One pastor who understood the doctrine and wrote about it in poems and hymns is Augustus Toplady, one of the greatest English hymn writers. Scattered lines from throughout some of his poems have been edited and assembled, and new lines have been added to form one complete hymn which teaches what imputation is and demonstrates how it should move us to worship. The gospel has sometimes been called the "Great Exchange" because through faith in Jesus, God the Father takes our sin and its punishment and gives it to Jesus, and takes Jesus' perfect record of obedience (His righteousness) and gives it to us. Not only do we stand before God forgiven, but also clean and acceptable before Him because we have the very righteousness of Jesus. This truth gives us confidence, boldness, and joy as we approach God in worship now and in eternity.


Because of one the world was cursed,
In Adam's sin we died,
Yet by the righteousness of Christ
We may be justified.
In Him we have a righteousness
By God Himself approved,
A spotless robe, a shining dress,
Which never is removed.

Obedient till His dying breath,
He bled upon the Mount;
The record of His life and death
Is charged to our account.
His death a perfect ransom paid
By free and sov'reign grace;
The law He perfectly obeyed,
Performing in our place.

When we appear to our betrothed
We need not fear or hide
For in His righteousness we're clothed
As His own radiant bride.
O grant that we may ever trust
In Jesus' work alone
And in His loving arms find rest
Until we reach our home.

By David L. Ward
© 2010, admin by Thousand Tongues


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This is a really fine song, David -- both lyrically and musically. Thank you for your faithful service to the Lord and His people!
» Rick Owen on August 16th, 2011

Great simple melody allows the content of the words to have their full impact as I listen and think carefully of their meaning. Awesome. Thank you!
» Scott Leigh on October 13th, 2011
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