They Ought, Who Royal Grace's Heralds Be

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"The gospel is the great gathering engine of infinite wisdom; for faith comes by hearing the joyful sound of the gospel trumpet. There is the joyful sound of gospel revelations and good news that Christ came to save sinners. O when the sound of this trumpet reaches not only the ear but the heart of the sinner, that by the law hath got the knowledge and conviction of sin and misery, what a joyful sound is it, that now be hears the remedy for him; that justice is satisfied, life is purchased, death is destroyed, wrath is appeased, and the law is magnified, and God is reconciled in Christ. Many a gathering sound comes through this gospel trumpet." - Ralph Erskine (1685-1752)

They ought, who royal grace's heralds be,
To trumpet loud salvation full and free;
Nor safely can, to humour mortal pride,
In silence evangelic myst'ries hide.

The revelation of the gospel flower,
Is still the organ framed of saving power:
Most justly then are legal Minds condemn'd,
That of the glorious gospel are asham'd;

For this the divine arm, and only this,
The power of God unto salvation is.
For therein is reveal'd to screen from wrath,
The righteousness of God from faith to faith,

The happy change-in guilty sinners' case
They owe to free displays of sovereign grace:
Whose joyful tidings of amazing love,
The ministration of the Spirit prove:

The glorious vent the gospel news express,
Of God's free grace, through Christ's full righteousness,
Is Heaven's gay chariot where the Spirit bides,
And in his conquering power triumphant rides.