The Hope and Terror of the Gospel by Gary Chaffins

The following poem was submitted by Pastor Gary Chaffins:

 

The Hope and Terror of the Gospel

The Gospel, the message of hope.

Come, be washed by His cleansing soap.

His death, burial and resurrection

Made ours by His sovereign election.

From dead in sin, to born again.

Once the enemy, now made a friend.

Gracious forgiveness, life everlasting.

Justified freely, no more blame-casting.

The Gospel, the message of terror

In unbelief, you’re the sin bearer.

The result of His Holiness, justice and wrath

Made yours by the sin of your path.

In darkness you live, you smile and you laugh

Your days are passing away like windblown chaff

Angry with the wicked, He is everyday

His all-consuming fire will be yours to pay.

Will you turn, repent and confess?

Be washed clean, in His righteous dress.

Terror or Hope, which will you choose?

The responsibility is on you, you’ll have no excuse.

Whoever believes in the Son, eternal life He gains

Whoever does not, on him, the wrath of God remains.

Gary Chaffins, is co-pastor at The Grace Community Church at Bigelow in Portsmouth, Ohio. He has a beautiful wife, two rotten kids, a big-white dog, and carries a large NASB.

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