C A Coates – Thy grace, O Lord, that Measured once the Deep

Thy grace, O Lord, that measured once the deep

1 Thy grace, O Lord, that measured once the deep
Of Calv’ry’s woe, to seek and save Thy sheep,
Has touched our hearts and made them long for Thee,
Thyself our treasure and our all to be.
2 Thy glory, Lord, at God’s right hand above,
Supreme of all in that blest scene of love,
In sonship tells our hearts their wondrous place,
In Thee accepted by the Father’s grace.
3 Thy beauties, Lord, Thy holy precious worth,
Surpassing far the deepest joys of earth,
Attract our hearts – our joy Thy constant love,
Thyself our object in those scenes above.
4 Thy fulness, Lord, of light and love divine,
No thought can grasp, nor human mind define.
The whole vast scene of glory will display
That fulness in a quickly-coming day.
5 When all things filled by Thee are wholly blest,
And God’s deep love eternally shall rest
In that which ever speaks to Him of Thee,
Thy greatness, Lord, the universe shall see.
Charles Coates 1862-1945

Hymn No 293 in Hymns for the Little Flock (1962 and 1973 editions)

Biography of Charles Andrew Coates (1862-1945)

Charles Coates

Charles Andrew Coates (affectionately known by his initials CAC) was born in Bradford, England, on the 7th. Dec. 1862. He died in Teignmouth, Devon, on 7th. Oct. 1945. For many years he broke bread in Rebecca St. Hall, Bradford.   C A Coates never enjoyed robust health and the many occasions when he was laid aside through illness were put to good use in prayerful meditation and the study of Holy Scripture. One of the many books that CAC wrote, “The Believer Established,” was a great help to the writer of these notes [and also to myself – Sosthenes].

A story told about C A Coates is well worth repeating. Some brethren were gathered together to consider the sad case of a brother who had been declared bankrupt. They all expressed how sorry they were for the brother’s plight. Coates placed a £10 note on the table and said, “Dear brethren I am £10 sorry. How sorry are you?” A good practical example and it is to be hoped that it was readily adopted.

Early in life  C A Coates showed that he had poetical ability. When he was 16 years old he composed this poem on his conversion:

Henceforth my lips and pen
Shall seek to spread His fame:
My hands and feet shall swiftly move
To glorify His Name.

I seek no earthly place;
My joy is all in Him;
My thirsty soul shall drink no more
From fountains stained with sin.

And when He takes me home
To gaze upon His face,
More loud, more sweet my soul shall sing
The riches of His grace.

Charles Coates has three hymns in ‘Spiritual Songs (1978)‘ – SS78 below.

In the 1962 and 1973 Little Flock hymn books there are

161 Son of God, with joy we view Thee (No 310 in SS78)
293 Thy grace, O Lord, that measured once the deep  (7 in SS78)
431 No act of power could e’er atone, (359 in SS78)


I have excluded the opinions of the writer of STEM pubblishing.  The link will point to the original text.

For more information and notes refer to the biography section of ‘My Brethren’ – again any opinion is that of the late author of that site and not necessarily shared by the owner of this site.

What the Lord Jesus exhorted the Disciples

The Lord never exhorted people to do what was not exemplified in Himself.

Golden Nugget Number 266


It has been said that we are never asked to do anything that has not been already done; we are not entitled to ask others to do what we ourselves are not doing.  If I exhort another, I must examine myself.  Paul never exhorted people to do what was not exemplified in himself.  The Lord Jesus exhorted the disciples to do what had already been seen in Himself.  The true servant says, “Follow,” not “Go.”…That is the difference between law and grace.  The true servant takes the lead and says, “I will show you the way.”  Look at the references Paul makes to his own life and service and spirit!  It is astonishing.  The apostle could present himself and his ways as a model.  No one could say that those things were impossible.  If only we gave the true Isaac His place all would be well.  Paul gave Christ His place from first to last.  Christ reigned in his heart, and his ways and teaching were of Christ.  If Christ has His place all will be right.


(C A Coates, Outline of Mark, p364)




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The Lord Selects Lowly Material for the Testimony

Not many Mighty, not many Noble

Golden Nugget Number 212

The Lord selects lowly material for the testimony.  The testimony of the rights of Christ is an important subject and derives its character very much from the kind of material that is taken up to carry it.  The blessed God

Charles Coates

is looking for the sort of material that will glorify Him, so He does not call the great, the wise, or the noble, but the calling is marked by a calling of persons of no account.  Not that the wise and noble are excluded, because Paul says in 1 Corinthians 1:26, “not many mighty, not many noble.”  Lady Huntingdon said that she was  saved by the letter M.  But it is not the character of the testimony, for God chooses the poor of this world.  He is looking for persons of broken spirit, of humble and contrite heart – those are the ones who are attractive to Him.  That character of persons lends itself to the testimony; what is great and pretentious and proud does not suit the testimony.


(C.A.C. Outline of Luke p239)    

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