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I Need a Prophet

By Matt Wienken

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I Need a Prophet

 

I need a prophet,
To tell me who I am;
I need a seer,
Who sees my inward man.

 

I need a preacher,
To pierce me with God’s Word;
I need a counselor,
To show me I’m absurd.

 

I need a friend,
Who knows me to the core;
I need an enemy,
Who helps me by his war.

 

I need a teacher,
To tear my mental maps;
I need the poor,
To teach me without facts.

 

I need great pain,
To train me God knows how;
I need His peace,
So for God I'll bow.

 

I need the Word,
To show me all my sin;
I need the Word,
Who died and rose again.

 

I need the church,
To bear my sorrows too;
I need Christ’s body,
To love me through and through.

 

I need to love God,
Who makes me what I am;
I need to love all,
For God became a man.

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Matt Wienken is a graduate of Covenant Seminary and lives in Lewisbury, Penn.

 

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    God Substituting Himself for Man

    The concept of substitution may be said to lie at the heart of both sin and salvation. For the essence of sin is man substituting himself for God, while the essence of salvation is God substituting Himself for man. Man asserts himself against God and puts himself where only God deserves to be; God sacrifices Himself for man and puts Himself where only man deserves to be. Man claims prerogatives which belong to God alone; God accepts penalties which belong to man alone.

    John Stott in The Cross of Christ



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