I Need No Other Argument

Jesus-embracing-child-e1410977650692My faith has found a resting place,
Not in device or creed;
I trust the ever living One,
His wounds for me shall plead.

I need no other argument,
I need no other plea,
It is enough that Jesus died,
And that He died for me.

Enough for me that Jesus saves,
This ends my fear and doubt;
A sinful soul I come to Him,
He’ll never cast me out.
I need no other argument,
I need no other plea,
It is enough that Jesus died,
And that He died for me.

My heart is leaning on the Word,
The living Word of God,
Salvation by my Savior’s Name,
Salvation through His blood.
I need no other argument,
I need no other plea,
It is enough that Jesus died,
And that He died for me.

My great Physician heals the sick,
The lost He came to save;
For me His precious blood He shed,
For me His life He gave.
I need no other argument,
I need no other plea,
It is enough that Jesus died,
And that He died for me.

Words by Eliza Hewitt, 1891
Music by Audre E. M. Gretry,
Arranged by William J. Kirkpatrick,

 


“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28

Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.
Psalm 62:5

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
2 Timothy 3:16

They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.
Acts 16:31

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
Acts 4:12


 

 

I enjoy a good court room drama. To watch the lawyers lay out their cases as they seek to convince the jury to side with their client. Now the truth is, it’s not just courtroom dramas I enjoy, I simply like a good debate or argument. These opportunities allow you to hone your skills in supporting your case and test how well you know what you are talking about.

But as much as I enjoy an academic argument, when you are really arguing for what you believe it can take a lot of energy out of you. And when this is what you seem to always be doing, it can become exhausting. This is the message behind Eliza Hewitt’s hymn, “My Faith Has Found A Resting Place.”

Hewitt realized that sometimes we need to just step aside and refresh. We need to rest for a while. This is why Hewitt writes, “My faith has found a resting place” and that resting place is in “the ever living one.” This is why Psalm 62:5 says, “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.” And Jesus said in Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

Yes, we need to rest. We need an opportunity to recoup our energy. We need to step away from arguing, and whatever else is draining us, and rest in the one place that we can trust and find confidence.

In whom do we trust? Hewitt makes the statement that it is in God alone that we can trust, “not in device or creed.” Now creeds, or statements of beliefs, are useful in reminding us what we believe, but they are not what we base our beliefs on. As Hewitt puts it, “My heart is leaning on the Word, The living Word of God.”

First, it is the Bible alone that we base our beliefs on. It is God’s word given to us. 2 Timothy 3:16 tells us “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” God’s word can be trusted.
Second, it is In Jesus alone that we find salvation. Acts 16:31 says, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” and Acts 4:12 tells us, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Our faith can be found through trust in God alone as revealed in the Bible and through His Son.

Yes, I enjoy a good argument but when I become weary, I find rest in the truth of God’s word, in the truth that my salvation is found in Jesus Christ alone. No, “I need no other argument, I need no other plea. It is enough that Jesus died, And that He died for me.”

 

 

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