No condemnation! precious word
|“No condemnation!” precious word!
Consider it, my soul!
Thy sins were all on Jesus laid,
His stripes have made thee whole.
|In God’s own presence now for us
The Savior doth appear;
The saints, as jewels on His heart,
Jesus doth ever bear.
|“No condemnation!” O my soul,
’Tis God that speaks the word;
Perfect in comeliness art thou
In Christ, the risen Lord.
|Teach me, O God, to fix mine eyes
On Christ, the spotless Lamb,
So shall I love Thy precious will,
And glorify His name.
Storrs, Connecticut, United States
Robert Cleaver Chapman, the Barnstaple patriarch was born in Denmark on January 4th, 1803. He had the advantage of being brought up under the constant care and guidance of a godly mother who taught him the Scriptures as well as was in charge of his education until about the age of nine or ten. He was sent to England to complete his education and very soon gave evidence of a remarkable proficiency in literature, which he later took up as a profession. At age twenty while in living in London, he went through a great spiritual change, under the influence of a gifted preacher, James Harrison Evans.
After having made a public confession by being baptized, Mr. Chapman, at once took a stand to follow the Lord Jesus Christ. Later on he felt called of God to give up his profession and give himself completely to the ministry of the Word. His friends advised him to reconsider his decision because they said he would never make a good preacher but Robert replied, “There are many who preach Christ, but not many who live Christ. ” In 1832 he moved to Barnstaple, a place which would always hold cherished memories for this godly man.
“In the very year that Robert Chapman took up residence at Barnstaple, with the steadfast purpose of seeking to learn and carry out the will of God, George Müller and his friend and fellow-laborer, Henry Craik, took up their abode in Bristol. These servants of Christ had already been exercised about many things in Teignmouth and on the evening of the 13th of August, at Bethesda Chapel, Mr Muller, Mr. Craik, one other brother and four sisters (only seven in all) sat down together, uniting in Church fellowship, without any rules, desiring to act only as the Lord should be pleased to give light through His Word. ”
About this time period a number of the Lord’s children in Dublin and other places, had been also guided in following the principles laid down in God’s Word. Thus, when in due time they came together, they were of the same mind as to the interpretation of the Scriptures regarding the fellowship of the saints.
On the evening of June 12, 1902, Robert Cleaver Chapman, a true and valiant witness for God throughout his life, passed away into the presence of the Lord in his 100th year.
Mr. Chapman is one of the few reputable writers whose hymns were composed almost exclusively for the use of believers in connection with the various assemblies. In 1837 he published a collection, “Hymns for use of the Church of Christ, ” which was reprinted fifteen years later. Mr. Chapman’s hymns and poems number about 165, most of which are to be found in his “Hymns and Meditations, ” published in 1801.
This beautiful hymn on the Lord’s table based on the verse, “Do this in remembrance of Me, ”
With Jesus in our midst
We gather round the board;
Though many, we are one in Christ,
One body in the Lord.
Campo Grande, MS, Brazil
Praise the Lord
Baton Rouge, United States
To think that we are considered jewels on the heart of Christ being brought into the presence of God, being free from condemnation and sin, makes me so happy in Jesus. I don’t usually think of myself as a jewel but we are. Jesus is always bearing us on His heart before God.
This hymn writes in worship of the glorious truth of Romans 8 vers 1. God forgives our sin in His Son, Jesus Christ, the Saviour of His people, because of His great love for us (John 3 verse 16).
Born in Denmark to a prominent English merchant, Chapman was educated to be a solicitor, but felt called to be a minister of the Word. He began reading the Bible diligently at the age of 16. 4 years later he received the Lord through the preaching of Harrington Evans. His friends said he would not make a good preacher, however his response was, "There are many who preach Christ, but not so many who live Christ; my great aim will be to live Christ." in his 99th year he spoke, standing for 1 hour. He was a minister of the gospel with the Plymouth Brethren at Barnstaple, England. Chapman preached the gospel in Barnstaple and all the villages in that area of Devon. He was also burdened to preach the gospel in the Roman Catholic countries of Spain, Portugal, and Ireland. He travelled by foot around those countries, passing out Bibles and preaching the gospel.
In England, Robert Chapman wanted to establish a home that could be a place of rest and encouragement for discouraged and tired Christian workers. For this purpose Chapman bought a row-house in a poor section of Barnstaple. Chapman lived at that address for the next 70 years (he never married). Many Christian workers stayed there for short or long periods, while Chapman ministered to their spiritual and physical needs. For 65 years he maintained close fellowship with George Mueller. He wrote 165 hymns and poems. Robert Peterson comments on Chapman: "What then made Chapman so beloved and effective in his time? Quite simply, his utter devotion to Christ and his determination to live Christ." - Songs of the Spirit by Martin
The original 2nd stanza says:
In heaven the blood forever speaks
In God's omniscient ear;
The saints, as jewels on His heart,
Jesus doth ever bear.
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
No Condemnation! Why? because Christ took what should have been ours, the condemnation was all taken by Him at Calvary. This is one of the many precious truths in the Roman Epistle.
Cleveland, Tennessee, United States
Christ and Christ alone redeemed us from the Law, fulfilling God's requirement of the Redeemer in that He was the sinless, spotless Lamb of God slain from before the foundation of the World! Hallelujah, What a Saviour!!