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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

A Tender Vine

A Tender Vine 

A Poem to the Beloved Remnant
(by Sean and Preethi Morris)

He made you, oh righteous Branch, plucked out from the fire, (John 15:6, Zech 3:2)
A noble seed, a tender vine, holiness unto GOD did He once inspire. (Ps 105:6, Ezek 17:4-5, Jer 2:3)
When all was lost, broken, dismayed, and self-decayed, (Phil 3:7-8, Luke 19:10, Rom 5:8)
Then He did raise you up a new creature to follow Christ upon this narrow way. (2 Cor 5:17, Matt 7:14)

Long you had stumbled the course of false religion, (2 Tim 3:5, 1 Cor 15:9)
Walking aisles and saying prayers, a strong delusion of a "saving decision". (Prov 15:8)
Yet saved you were when grace did unveil Holy Words, (2 Cor 3:16, 1 Pet 1:23)
Upon your face before just wrath, a single righteous act your strength could not afford. (Eph 3:4, Gen 6:5, Rom 3:10-12)

Thus He has shown you His irresistible grace, (Eph 2:8-9, Rom 9:16)
That you, Oh man, would walk closely with Him beholding His glory with open face. (2 Cor 3:18)
He called you to Himself and betrothed you in love, (Hos 2:20)
By the bond of His blood Covenant made by the living High Priest sent from above. (Heb 10:20, Matt 26:28)

And now, behold, salvation is told - God lives in thee! (John 17:23)
To make you "perfect in One" to proclaim the Son - Bride-n-Trinity! (John 17:23, Eph 4:13)
The world to see Christ's reign - now-to-infinity! (Ps 145:13)
The Church here below proclaiming the Word - no timidity! (Acts 4:31, Phil 1:28)

But hearts have turned astray; your love has waxed so cold, (2 Pet 2:15, Rev 2:4)
You have forsaken the freedom purchased of old and wandered from the Shepherd's fold. (John 8:34, Rom 6:16, Jer 2:20)
Now you lust and war for carnal things here and now, (James 4:1-3)
Your mind is earthly, your walk unworthy, you are enslaved by corrupt doctrine somehow! (Rom 8:6, Phil 3:19, Matt 25:30, Gal 4:9)

Strict lines are now blurred by words of atoning mercies, (Jude 1:4, 8)
With the lines of true conversion hazed you resort to mere religious courtesies. (Rev 3:17)
The very fruits which reveal a man is in Christ... (John 15:5, 1 John 2:10, 24, 29, 3:10, 14)
They're neglected, and for what? Mental assent to God's promises do now suffice. (Jer 7:4, Rev 3:1)

You do not mourn and weep over your soul’s tragic loss, (James 4:9, 2 Cor 7:11)
For you call Biblical "fear" a grace-less crime for which many are from "assurance" tossed. (Is 30:10)
The Person of Christ stands calling out lest you die! (Rev 2:16, 3:2, 19)
Your Lord is provoked but you, by outward shows of peace, His wrath disguise! (1 Cor 10:9, Ezek 13:16)

Christ reigns on High, His judgment throne is fiercely set! (Jam 4:12)
To render to every man according to the double-edged SWORD He will whet! (Rom 2:6, Rev 19:13-15)
Therefore did Paul fear to become a castaway reject! (1 Cor 9:27)
Cause God did not spare the Natural Branches, what will He do to a Last Days "Christian" Sect? (Rom 11:21)

He will come, degenerate Vine, for a pure and spotless Bride, (Jer 2:21, Rev 21:2)
Whose heart is one, whose eyes are single, whose feet do now onward with hearts upward stride. (Jer 31:22, 2 Cor 11:2)
A foolish virgin’s extinguished flame, He will not accept! (Matt 25:8-12)
She who presumes upon promises while a spiritual sloth, she is by false peace inept! (2 Pet 2:10, Heb 6:12)

Remember His saving voice that first came to you, dear Bride! (Ps 119:41, Eph 1:13)
He showed you the depths and heights of justice & love, undeserved grace, a Cleft in which you might hide! (Eph 3:18, Phil 3:9)
A new creature you were made and former things gone, (2 Cor 5:17)
Because decisionalism you then knew with pure certainty was damningly wrong. (John 15:16, Rom 9:16)

But now conversion, and the fruits it did wondrously contain,
Are presently far off, and yet, by unconditional security you do your state explain. (Jer. 7:4-8)
And you expect your face before Him to maintain? (Prov 6:17)
But no carnal mind, no double heart, or lukewarm devotee will before Christ's throne remain! (Rom 8:6, James 4:4, Rev 3:16)

If the righteous depart from right and do evil,
His past righteousness will not save him; he will die with faith dead and soul feeble. (Ezek 3:20, 33:13)
You will not live if you refuse what Heaven speaks, (Heb 12:25)
Not from Sinai's heights but from His throne above through prophets who do show your deceit. (Heb 3:7-8)

You must be known by Him to enter Heaven's Gate, (Matt 7:23)
You must by fervent love and holy fear with wise and ready soul awake! (1 Cor 15:34, Eph 5:14)
But you chose to practice "Free Grace Theology" above His way, (Is 28:15)
Arguing and murmuring over words and deeds, you have from His judgments been swayed. (1 Tim 1:6, 6:5, Jude 1:16)

Scheme after ploy, the former things you justify, (2 Pet 2:20-22)
Trusting in "promises", broken cisterns, you do of His light’s absence testify! (Jer. 2:13, 6:14, Is 8:20)
You do now the least of His ordinances defy, (Matt 5:19, Jam 2:10)
Brokenness and contrition --trembling at His WORD-- is where true hope lies. (Ps 51:17, Is 66:2)

Repent oh wretched daughter of my LORD's people! (Jer 6:26, 9:1, 14:17)
My eyes do run down with tears as I behold the strong turn into the feeble! (Lam 2:11, 3:48)
I lift up my hands again and cry in the night, (1 Tim 2:8)
For you His children who now faint and pine away at the head of all streets in sight! (Lam 2:19)

Turn, LORD, and remember Your Covenant by blood, (Ps 90:13, 135:14, Ps 106:45, Ezek 16:60, Luke 1:72, Heb 10:29)
Release from the chains those sentenced to the impending, fiery, and melting flood! (Ps 79:11, Jas. 5:20, 2 Pet 3:7)
Resurrect dry bones; make elect souls come alive! (Ezek 37:4-7, Luke 15:24, Rev 3:1)
Before You return with Sword and sickle in hand to judge all mankind from the skies! (Rev 14:14, 19:13-15)

My heart is torn, bound up in the life of her, (Rom 9:1-3, Lam 3:48)
For I cannot with their false promise of peace & security concur! (Ezek 13:10-16)
For they be far from Christ who first judges His House! (1 Pet 4:17)
Alas, if I be scarcely saved, what spiritual adultery can God's justice allow!? (Jer 11:15, Jas. 4:4, 1 Cor 16:22)
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