“There Is a Home Eternal”

"THERE IS A HOME ETERNAL"
"…Angels came out of the temple…clothed in pure and white linen…" (Rev. 15:6)

     INTRO.: A gospel song which talks about the heavenly temple where the angels are clothed in pure and white linen is "There Is a Home Eternal" (#360 in Sacred Selections for the Church). The text was written and the tune (Beautiful Home) was composed both by Horatio Richmond Palmer (1834-1909). The song was apparently first published in Palmer’s Sabbath School Songs of 1868. Other well-known hymns by Palmer which have appeared in our books include "Yield Not to Temptation," perhaps his best known, and the tunes to "Angry Words," Mary Ann Baker’s "Peace, Be Still," William Witter’s "Come, Sinner, Come," Robert Morris’s "Memories of Galilee," Christopher Blackall’s "The Prize Is Set Before Us," Sybil Partridge’s "Just For Today," and "The Silver Star." Among hymnbooks published by members of the Lord’s church during the twentieth century for use in churches of Christ, "There Is a Home Eternal" appeared in the 1935 Christian Hymns (No. 1) edited by L. O. Sanderson. Today, it may be found in Sacred Selections.

     The song is a gladsome look forward to the home that God has prepared for His people in heaven.

I. Stanza 1 emphasizes its eternal nature
"There is a home eternal, Beautiful and bright,
Where sweet joys supernal Never are dimmed by night;
White robed angels are singing Ever around the bright throne.
When, O when shall I see thee, Beautiful, beautiful home?"
 A. It is the place where God will grant us eternal life: Mk. 10:29-30
 B. There will be eternal day there because its sweet joys will never be dimmed by night: Rev. 22:5
 C. The white robed angels will eternally be singing around the bright throne: Rev. 5:11-12

II. Stanza 2 emphasizes its activity
"Flowers are ever springing In that home so fair;
Little children singing Praises to Jesus there.
How they swell the glad anthem Ever around the bright throne.
When, O when shall I see thee, Beautiful, beautiful home?"
 A. Flowers can be thought of as ever springing there because of the water of life and the tree of life: Rev. 22:1-2
 B. Even little children will be singing praises to Jesus there because of such is the kingdom of heaven: Matt. 19:14
 C. All the redeemed will join them in swelling the glad anthem around the bright throne: Rev. 4:10-11

III. Stanza 3 emphasizes its hope to the Christian
"Soon shall I join that anthem, Far beyond the sky;
Christ became my ransom. Why should I fear to die?
Soon my eyes shall behold Him, Seated upon the bright throne.
Then, O then shall I see thee, beautiful, beautiful home."
 A. Soon we shall join that anthem because it is appointed for man to die once and after this the judgment: Heb. 9:27 (For reasons that I do not know, our books changed the first two lines to read:
"Soon shall I join the ransomed, Far beyond the sky;
Christ is my salvation. Why should I fear to die?"
There is nothing wrong with this, but it eliminates the internal rhyme that characterizes the other stanzas, and I see no logic in the change)
 B. However, for the Christian there is no fear in death because Christ is our ransom: Matt. 20:28
 C. Therfore, we look forward to seeing Him seated upon His throne: Matt. 25:31-32 (Ellis Crum in Sacred Selections, as usual, had to change this to "Soon my eyes shall behold God, Seated upon the bright throne"), apparently thinking that any mention of Christ on the throne in heaven is somehow premillennial)

     CONCL.: The chorus extols the beauty of that bright home of the Savior.
"Home, beautiful home!
Bright, beautiful home!
Bright home of our Savior,
Bright, beautiful home!"
Many of our books seem loaded with songs about heaven, and older ones are always being dropped for newer ones. This particular one has been included in only a couple of our books and none of the more recent ones, but I have always liked its positive, joyful anticipation as it reminds us that in contrast to the ever changing and decaying things of this world, "There Is a Home Eternal."

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One thought on ““There Is a Home Eternal”

  1. this is awonderful song. in malayalam also its transilation “nthya veedu”. which situvation palmer
    writs it ,thats may be shown in this article. thank u

    Reply

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