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cropped-rose-white-and-pinkJohn 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life”

Acts 4:12, “There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved”

This is another favorite hymn that is sung in churches throughout our country today and another favorite of mine. The words are by Horatio G. Spafford and the music by Philip P. Bliss. The tune is named after the ship on which Spafford’s children perished, the S. S. Ville de Havre. Ironically, Bliss died in a tragic train wreck shortly after writing this music. This hymn was written after two major traumas in Spafford’s life. The first was the great Chicago Fire of October 1871, which ruined him financially (he had been a wealthy businessman).

Shortly after, while crossing the Atlantic, all four of Spafford’s daughters died in a collision with another ship. Spafford’s wife Anna survived and sent him the now famous telegram, “Saved alone.” Several weeks later, as Spafford’s own ship passed near the spot where his daughters died, the Holy Spirit inspired these words. They speak to the eternal hope that all believers have, no matter what pain and grief befall them on earth. I trust this simple hymn will be a blessing to your heart, mind and soul, but more importantly I trust “It Is Well With Your Soul” today. Enjoy my brethren!

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.


It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.


My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!


For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
If Jordan above me shall roll,
No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life
Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.


But, Lord, ‘tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
Oh trump of the angel! Oh voice of the Lord!
Blessèd hope, blessèd rest of my soul!


And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.


Further reflection:

Acts 4:12 says, “There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved”. The story has been told of a pilot of a military plane who was forced to parachute into a jungle in Southeast Asia. A local man saw what had happened and came to the pilot’s rescue, slashing through the tangled underbrush. The frightened pilot cried out, “Where’s the road? Where’s the way out?” The rescuer shouted back, “No road! I’m the way! Follow me!” The pilot trusted the man, who led him through the jungle to safety.

Today so many people have a difficult time accepting similar words spoken by the Lord Jesus Christ. He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). Many critics call this teaching intolerant and divisive. But because the Son of God said it, and the Word of God records it, it is true no matter how much it is challenged. Faith in Jesus Christ is the only way to eternal fellowship with God. My brethren, the pathway to God isn’t found by following a creed, developing moral character, or attending church. It’s found by trusting Jesus Christ to forgive our sin and reconcile us to the Father. When we open our hearts to the crucified and risen Savior, we are on the only pathway that will bring us home to God.

God wants us to come to Him just as we are, admitting that we are sinners who deserve nothing but judgment. This is very humbling, but it is the only way a person can receive the forgiveness Christ paid for on the cross and be accepted and used by God. The scribes and Pharisees were scrupulous law keepers. They thought God was pleased with them because they were all “cleaned up.” So when they saw Jesus eating with people who had bad reputations, they complained. But Jesus said, “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance” (Luke 5:32). This was a rebuke to their self-righteous attitude. They like us needed to admit their sin, so that Jesus could receive them too. If you need to be saved or to be restored to fellowship, repent and come to Jesus just as you are! He will forgive your sin and make you righteous.

No one can bypass Jesus and get to heaven & sinners are the only people who can be saved.