Wayne S. Walker

“But grow in grace and…knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Pet.

     INTRO.:  A song which speaks of the work of the Holy Spirit in
revealing the will of Christ by which we grow in grace and knowledge is
“More About Jesus” (#406 in “Hymns for Worship Revised”).  The text was
written  by Eliza Edmunds Hewitt (1851-1910).  A native of Philadelphia,
PA, who became a school teacher, she was struck across the back with a
heavy slate by a boy in one of her classes, thus receiving a severe
injury.  As a result, she became an invalid for an extended period of her
life.  After the injury, she was placed in a heavy cast for six months.
Following her confinement, the doctor let Eliza go for a short walk in a
nearby park on a warm spring day.  Her heart overflowing with joy for her
recovery, she returned home and penned one of her first and best-known
hymns, “There’s Sunshine In My Soul Today.”

      Out of this experience she developed a desire to share her feelings
with others through writing poetry and became a prolific writer of
children’s verses.  Various musicians began setting her words to music.
Some of her children’s poems came to the attention of composer John
Robson Sweney (1837-1899).  Sweney produced weveral well-known melodies,
such as that used with Fanny Crosby’s “Tell Me the Story of Jesus.”  As a
result of this initial contact, the two collaborated on many well-known
hymns, including this one, which was first published in “Glad
Hallelujahs” co-edited by Sweney in 1887 with William James Kirkpatrick
(1838-1921).  Kirkpatrick also produced many famous melodies, including
the one used with Fanny Crosby’s “Redeemed, How I Love to Proclaim It.”

      According to this song, the Holy Spirit reveals to us several
things about Jesus Christ in the scriptures:

I. According to stanza 1, we learn of His grace
 A. Paul commends us to the word of God’s grace which is able to build us
up: Acts 20.32
 B. The result of this grace is the saving fullness of Christ: Eph. 2.8
 C. And God’s grace is manifested through the love of Christ who died for
us: 1 Jn. 3.16

II. According to stanza 2, we learn of His holy will
 A. Christ came to do God’s will, and we must determine to do His will
also: Heb. 10.9-10
 B. But how do we know God’s will?  The Spirit is our teacher: Jn. 16.13
 C. And how do we learn God’s will from the Spirit today?  By the word
revealed to inspired apostles and prophets:  Eph. 3.3-5, 6.17

III. According to stanza 3, we learn about His word
 A. It is through the word that we can come into a right relationship
with the Lord and have communion with Him: 1 Pet. 2.1-2
 B. It is through the word that we hear His voice: Matt. 17.5
 C. And it is through the word that we can make each faithful saying ours
by obedience: Heb. 5.8-9

IV. According to stanza 4, we learn about His coming
 A. The word tells us that Jesus is now on His throne in heaven: Acts
 B. The word also tells us that His kingdom increases whenever lost souls
are saved and translated into it: Col. 1.13
 C. But the word also tells us that He shall return from heaven, and so
we need to be waiting and preparing for Him: Phil. 3.20-21

      CONCL.:  The chorus echoes the desire that each of us should have
to know more about Jesus through His word.  So the Holy Spirit, as the
third member of the Godhead, is important to us because it is through His
revelation of the scriptures that we can learn “More About Jesus.”

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