By grace I'm saved, grace free and boundless;
My soul, believe and doubt it not.
Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. (Luke 12:32)Thomas Haweis's inspiration for this hymn is the last chapter of the book of Nehemiah. The people of God did not know they were forbidden to bring Ammonites and Moabites into the congregation. Their worship-leader Eliashib had even prepared a room in the court of God's house to make it more comfortable for the Ammonite Tobiah, to whom he was related by marriage. The spiritual food intended for the Levites was not delivered.When a person is reconciled to God by believing in Jesus Christ for forgiveness of sins, he becomes a new creature. But the inherited desire to sin remains. This is concupiscence.A Christian pastor said, *I've never liked Paul. What are his epistles? They are just letters to people. We only have the one side of them, so we have to guess what he's talking about anyway.*