How vast the benefits divineAuthor: Augustus Toplady (1774)
Published in 23 hymnals
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1. How vast the benefits divine,
Which we in Christ possess!
We're saved from guilt and ev'ry sin,
And called to holiness.
2. 'Tis not for works which we have done,
Or shall here-after do;
But He, of His electing love,
Salvation doth bestow.
3. The glory, Lord, from first to last,
Is due to Thee alone;
Aught to ourselves we dare not take,
Or rob Thee of Thy crown.
4. Our glorious Surety undertook
Redemption's wondrous plan;
And grace was given us in Him,
Before the world began.
5. Safe in the arms of sov'reign love
We ever shall remain;
Nor shall the rage of earth or hell
Make Thy dear councils vain.
6. Not one of all the chosen race
But shall to heav'n attain,
Partake on earth the purposed grace,
And then with Jesus reign.
New Christian Hymnal, 1929
st. 2 = Eph. 1:4
Written by ardent Calvinist Augustus M. Toplady (b. Farnham, Surrey, England, 1740; d. Kensington, London, England, 1778), this text was published in the Gospel Magazine (Dec. 1774). Dewey
Westra (PHH 98) revised Toplady's text in 1931 for the first edition of the Psalter Hymnal (1934).
This teaching text presents in song the essential points of the doctrine of redemption (like 496 but more comprehensively): only in Christ are we saved, for we have no merit of our own. Our redemption was ordained "before the world began" (see election texts referred to in 496), and our salvation ultimately leads to ruling with Christ in his kingdom.
Toplady is primarily known for writing "Rock of Ages" and for being an outspoken Calvinist opponent of John Wesley (PHH 267). After his father's death, Toplady moved with his mother to Ireland, where he studied at Trinity College, Dublin. He experienced a conversion while listening to the Wesleyan Methodist lay preacher James Morris. Ordained in the Church of England in 1762, Toplady served several congregations, including Broadhembury in Devonshire (1770-1775) and the Chapel of the French Calvinists in Leicester Fields, London, from 1775 on. Although converted under the preaching of a Methodist, Toplady became a bitter opponent in sermons and print of John Wesley and his Arminian teaching. Often using scurrilous language, such as "Wesley is guilty of Satanic shamelessness," he pressed his Calvinistic interpretation of the Bible, to which Wesley responded with equal disdain. Toplady wrote 130 hymn texts and produce Poems on Sacred Subjects (1769) and Psalms and Hymns for Public and Private Worship (1776).
With preaching on redemption, probably after the sermon; Lent.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
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|Instances (3)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #688||How vast the benefits divine||How Vast the Benefits Divine||Augustus M. Toplady||Gottfried W. Fink||188.8.131.52 D||Ephesians 1:4||BETHLEHEM||B Flat Major||2013|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #497||How vast the benefits divine||How Vast the Benefits Divine||Augustus Montague Toplady (1740-1778)||Gottfried W. Fink||184.108.40.206 D||Ephesians 1:4; Ephesians 1||BETHLEHEM||B Flat Major||English||1987|
|Trinity Hymnal #470||How vast the benefits divine||How Vast the Benefits Divine||Augustus Montague Toplady (1740-1778)||William Croft||220.127.116.11 D||Ephesians 1:4||ST. MATTHEW||B Flat Major||English||1990|