All Hail the Power
Our Savior declared at the Twenty Eighth of Matthew that all power had been given unto Him in Heaven and in earth. That unlimited power embraces any manner in which Divine power may be applied, including creative power, authoritative power, and the power of absolution. Edward Perronet extolled the great power of Christ in the Eighteenth Century hymn in which he wrote, “All hail the power of Jesus name; let angels prostrate fall! Bring forth the royal diadem, and crown Him Lord of all! ” It is this power which, in our age, is extended unto us through the Word of God. At the First of Romans, Paul the apostle wrote that the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation. An early missionary to India believed he witnessed that power at work when he was attacked by spear wielding tribesman. Rather than running for his life or trying to defend himself, he sang to them the third stanza of Mr. Perronet’s hymn; ‘ t Let every kindred, every tribe on this terrestrial ball, to Him all maj esty ascribe, and crown Him Lord of all! I ‘ The Indian aborigines lowered their spears, and some were reduced to tears. Edward Perronet was working on the right idea, indeed. All hail the power !
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