Poets’ Corner – From Whence This Fear and Unbelief?

A gem from Augustus Toplady (1772):

From whence this fear and unbelief?

Hath 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 Thou hast made,

And to the utmost farthing paid

Whate’er Thy people owed:

Nor can His wrath on me take place,

If sheltered in Thy righteousness,

And sprinkled with Thy blood.

If Thou hast my discharge procured,

And freely in my room endured

The whole of wrath divine:

Payment God cannot twice demand,

First at my wounded Surety’s hand,

And then again at mine.

Turn then, My soul, unto thy rest;

The merits of thy great High Priest

Have bought thy liberty:

Trust in His effective blood,

Nor fear thy banishment from God,

Since Jesus died for thee.

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