Christ Liveth in Me
I was raised in a Plymouth Brethren church in Maplewood, N.J. We had an early Sunday morning service in which the men would stand and read a Scripture, pray, or suggest a hymn. They often suggested one of my favorites, “Christ Liveth In Me.” The lyrics were written by D.W. Whittle, a Civil War officer, who was wounded at Vicksburg.
When he was sent home to Chicago, he was barely strong enough to go and hear D.L. Moody in the Chicago Tabernacle, but Moody asked him to give his testimony and this encouragement to a young soldier led to a lifelong friendship. Moody challenged him to leaven the Elgin Watch Company to become an evangelist, and his lyrics set to music became a major part of his Gospel meetings. Songs like “Showers of Blessing,” “I Know Whom I Have Believed, and “Moment by Moment” were the hymns of my early childhood, but “Christ Liveth In Me” drove home Paul’s point in Galatians 2:19-21.
“I stand crucified with the Messiah, but I’m still living. But it’s no longer “I” but the Messiah who lives in me. And now the human life I’m living, I live by faith in the Son of God, the one who loved me and gave himself for me. I’m certainly not going to nullify God’s grace. For if I can be made righteous by the Law, then Christ died for no purpose.” Galatians 2:19-21
I was a freshman in high school at a boarding school in Florida, more than a thousand miles away from home, walking after class in an orange grove, when the Spirit poured encouragement and strength into my life through Paul’s words, “Christ, the Messiah, lives in me.”
Once far from God and dead in sin,
No light my heart could see;
But in God’s Word the light I found,
Now Christ liveth in me.
Christ liveth in me,
Christ liveth in me,
Oh! What a salvation this,
That Christ liveth in me.
Easter Sunday is coming. Mid Ohio Chamber Singers (Christ Liveth In Me) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dZVyQTnt_0
LORD, Oh what a Salvation, Your Son living in me, and all I had to do was believe.
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