Tuesday Hymns: “Fountain of Never-Ceasing Grace”

Augustus M. Toplady (1740-1778) is the author of many of my favorite hymns such as A Debtor to Mercy Alone and Rock of Ages, and is also the author of our Tuesday Hymn of the Week: Fountain of Never-Ceasing Grace. This hymn reminds us that not only did Christ die on the cross in order that our sins may be forgiven, but that He also kept God’s Law in word, thought, and deed in order that His righteousness might be imputed to our account.

The knowledge that I have been declared righteous by God with the righteousness of Jesus Christ is not “legal fiction” as some have called it, but actually a part of the glorious Gospel of grace. As Paul says in Romans 3:21-22: “21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it- 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe.”

May the timeless words of Pastor Toplady bless you today as you rest in God’s grace.

Fountain of never-ceasing grace,
Thy saints’ exhaustless theme,
Great object of immortal praise,
Essentially supreme;
We bless thee for the glorious fruits
Thine incarnation gives;
The righteousness which grace imputes,
And faith alone receives.

In thee we have a righteousness
By God himself approved;
Our rock, our sure foundation this,
Which never can be moved.
Our ransom by thy death was paid,
For all thy people giv’n,
The law thou perfectly obeyed,
That they might enter heav’n.

As all, when Adam sinned alone,
In his transgression died,
So by the righteousness of one
Are sinners justified;
We to thy merit, gracious Lord,
With humblest joy submit,
Again to Paradise restored,
In thee alone complete.


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