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Perfect Peace.

by A.P. Cecil

O the peace for ever flowing
From God's thoughts of His own Son,
O the peace of simply knowing,
On the cross that all was done.

 Peace with God----for Christ in Heaven
Object is of faith to me;
Peace with God----the Lord is risen,
Righteousness now counts me free.

 Peace with God----for Christ's in glory:
God is just and God is love;
O how blessed is the story,
That we're brought to God above!

 Jesus, Saviour, we adore Thee,
Christ of God, Anointed One!
We confess Thee Lord of glory,
Fruits of vict'ry Thou hast won.
A . P. Cecil (1841-1889).

THESE verses, composed by the late Lord Adalbert Cecil, were repeated by him to his mother on her death-bed, and were used by God as the means of her conversion.
Probably no verse of Scripture was more preached from by him than John 5. 24:----
"He that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life."
Some years ago these words brought peace to a dying man in one of our large hospitals, whose name was Andrew.  Moved to pity by the distress of her patient, the nurse read to him from the gospel of St. John, and it was this verse that the Holy Spirit used to reach his troubled conscience.  "Tell my mother Christ saved me at the eleventh hour.  Peace!  Peace."  Words uttered by Andrew before he lost conciousness for the last timeDeeply moved and having promised her patient that she would meet him in Heaven, the nurse went on for four long years, her heart filled with unrest.
One day, however, when she was still in doubt and darkness, she went to hear Lord Cecil preach and lingered behind to speak to him.  He seemed unable to help her, when suddenly quoting to her this same text, the light also shone into her soul, and she herself "passed from death unto life."
E. E. C.
“The Joyful Message” 1952

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