"You people worship what you do not
understand; we worship what we understand,
because salvation is from the Jews. But the
hour is coming, and is now here, when true
worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit
and truth; and indeed the Father seeks such
people to worship himů The woman said to
him, 'I know that the Messiah is coming,
the one called the Anointed; when He comes,
He will tell us everything.' Jesus said to
her, 'I am He, the one who is speaking with
you.'" (John 4:23-24,25-26)
Only In Christ
Through Israel, God was revealed
By prophets, law, and covenant;
Through Jesus Christ, sin is repealed
For all God's peoples, He was sent.
For those who would not heed His word,
Our hearts lament their greatest loss;
Only from Christ is good news heard
For salvation comes from the cross.
God predestined those whom He calls;
He has mercy on whom He wills.
Not by one's works will grace befall
Salvation's not wrought by one's skills.
By faith true righteousness is wrought;
Apart from Christ, all else is naught.
May the Spirit lead all peoples to
of salvation by faith in Jesus Christ
the loving mercy of His cross.
(c) Paul Buis, 2005