This month’s hymn of the month is another wonderful piece from Church Works Media, who are producing some wonderful modern hymns for the church. This hymn by Chris Anderson and Greg Habegger is a beautiful and theologically rich hymn dealing with justification, sanctification, and glorification. Below, we’ve copied the doctrinal explanation of each verse of the song for your edification. If you would like a copy of the sheet music, it is available here.
Because God delights in worship that is biblical, thoughtful and passionate—what we often call intentional—please consider the following overview of the biblical texts and doctrinal themes behind the hymn Your Beauty Fills Our Eyes:
This hymn celebrates the wondrous truth that each part of our salvation—justification, sanctification, and glorification—centers on the person and work of Jesus Christ. The three verses and the refrain allude to New Testament texts which teach that gazing on our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, is the means of our salvation.
Verse 1 begins the entire “behold the Lamb of God” theme from John 1:29. Jesus Christ is that atoning Lamb who “takes away the sin of the world.” Those who look to Him in faith, as commanded in Isaiah 45:22, are born again. To see the glory of God in the face of Christ is to find eternal life (2 Cor 4:4-6).
Verse 2 unfolds 2 Cor 3:18. Whereas the eyes of the unsaved are blinded (3:14-15; 4:3-4), the eyes of the Christian have been “unveiled” by the Spirit of God. As we gaze on the Lord Jesus’ glory in the Scriptures, the Spirit changes us into Christ’s image. Thus, our progressive sanctification comes not from mere human effort or discipline, but by reliance and meditation upon Christ.
Verse 3 concludes by rejoicing in 1 John 3:2-3. We long for the day when the Lord Jesus will appear, for when He does so “we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as He is” (3:3). Thus, we will be glorified (made finally like Christ) the same way we are being sanctified (made progressively like Christ)—by beholding Him! More than a future hope, this great truth has a sanctifying effect as we await our Lord’s coming, causing us to “purify ourselves as He is pure” (3:3).
The refrain combines each of these glorious thoughts. As the beauty of Christ fills our eyes, we who have been saved (justification) are becoming saved (sanctification) until at Christ’s appearance we will be finally saved glorification). It is our prayer that this hymn will point people Christ-ward, reminding them that salvation—from beginning to end—is all about Christ! Glory to Him!
(The notes for Your Beauty Fills Our Eyes were written by Chris Anderson.)