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1 Bible 2Jeremiah 29:13, “You will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart”

Luke 5:32, “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance”
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Norman Clayton was born on January 22, 1903 in Brooklyn, New York, the ninth of ten children. He was converted at the age of six in the South Brooklyn Gospel Church, where his mother had been a foundation member … and was church organist by the age of 12. He kept up the role of church organist for the rest of his life. Clayton’s profession was in the building industry, but he also created his own publishing house, Gospel Songs, which was later absorbed into the Rodeheaver Company.

In 1942 he was working with Jack Wyrtzen’s Word of Life Organization, providing music for both the radio broadcasts and crusade meetings. According to Kenneth Osbeck, Norman Clayton “tells how it is his usual practice to write the music first before the words,” and that “he feels it is vitally important that every song he writes be biblically based”. In order to create songs worthy of His Lord, Clayton made it his practice to memorize scripture, so his songs would have a strong Biblical basis. He also found it easiest to write songs for special occasions. Clayton’s gospel songs were eminently singable, musically sweet and tender of sentiment.

Clayton’s most popular songs reflect his evangelical emphasis, focused on the saving work of Christ and the sweetness of relationship with God through Him. The absence of deeper or more divers theological issues may have robbed Clayton of a more enduring place in Christian song-writing. By the time of his death churches were beginning their push into more upbeat music and more Charismatic themes. Normal Clayton died in 1992, at the age of 89. I trust that you will enjoy this precious hymn!

Jesus, my Lord will love me forever,
From Him no pow’r of evil can sever,
He gave His life to ransom my soul;
Now I belong to Him;

Chorus

Now I belong to Jesus,
Jesus belongs to me,
Not for the years of time alone,
But for eternity.

Once I was lost in sin’s degradation,
Jesus came down to bring me salvation,
Lifted me up from sorrow and shame,
Now I belong to Him;

Chorus

Now I belong to Jesus,
Jesus belongs to me,
Not for the years of time alone,
But for eternity.

Joy floods my soul for Jesus has saved me,
Freed me from sin that long had enslaved me
His precious blood, He came to redeem,
Now I belong to Him;

Chorus

Now I belong to Jesus,
Jesus belongs to me,
Not for the years of time alone,
But for eternity.
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Further thoughts:

A new born again-believer in Jesus Christ sent an e-mail to a Web site that answers questions about faith. She said, “I struggle with the claim of other Christians that Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven and to God. What will happen to those who believe otherwise?” My friend, this kind of question challenges us to examine our view of Jesus. To examine our view of Jesus we need a scriptural review of Him and His uniqueness can help us stand strong in our belief that He is the only way to heaven. Jesus is unmatched in history. His very being cries out for us to entrust our lives to Him. Thus, the Scriptures tell us that Jesus Christ is unique in His:

(1) Substance. He alone is both God and man (John 10:30).
(2) Prophecy. No other leader’s life was foretold so clearly and accurately (Micah 5:2).
(3) Mission. Jesus alone came to save us from our sins (Matthew 1:21).
(4) Birth. Only Jesus was born of a virgin (Matthew 1:23).
(5) Ability. No one but Jesus has the power to forgive sins (Mark 2:10).
(6) Existence. Jesus alone existed before the beginning of time (John 1:1-2).
(7) Position. No one else is equal with God (Philippians 2:5-6).
(8) Reign. Only Jesus reigns forever (Hebrews 1:8).

No one else in history is like Jesus Christ. He alone deserves our trust, and He alone is the only path to God and eternal life. Peter boldly declared in Acts 4:12 that Jesus is the only name given by God through which we can be saved. We stand condemned before a just and holy God because of our sin. But the good news is that His love has found a way to save us. He sent His Son Jesus Christ to take our place of punishment. We need only to acknowledge our sinfulness, ask for His forgiveness, and trust Him to save us. There’s simply no other way to heaven than through Jesus and His sacrificial death on the cross. The all important question that remains is:

Do you belong to Jesus?
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The empty cross and tomb provide a full salvation and only one road leads to heaven – Jesus Christ is the way (John 14:6).

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