Is 'Christ Is Mine Forevermore' Biblical? | The Berean Test (2023)

Australian-based CCM band CityAlight is a collection of parishioners at St Paul’s Castle Hill. Its music undergoes a rigorous process that passes through the eyes of several musicians, pastors, and lyricists to ensure Scriptural integrity.

They released two albums and one EP: Yours Alone (2014), Only a Holy God (2016), and Yet Not I (EP; 2018).

If you have some time, check out my review of CityAlight’s song Yet not I but through Christ in Me.

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1. What message does the song communicate?

God knows how long CityAlight will live, created them for a personal relationship with Himself, grants them armor that defends them against the onslaught of the enemy, gives them trials and tribulations that develop their wellbeing (though at the moment, may seem terrible), and will one day bring them into His Heavenly Kingdom. It is here that CityAlight finds their treasure, responding to the God of salvation in worship.

Score: 10/10

2. How much of the lyrics line up with Scripture?

All of it agrees with the Bible.

Lyrics posted with permission.*

[Verse 1]

Mine are days that God has numbered

Job 14:5 tells us that God knows the number of days and months of men. This is so because God knows all things (1 Kings 8:39, 1 Chronicles 28:9, Psalm 44:21, Psalm 139:4, Psalm 147:4-5, Isaiah 40:28, Matthew 10:30, John 16:30, John 21:17, Acts 1:24, Hebrews 4:13, and 1 John 3:20). This includes the days of CityAlight.

I was made to walk with Him

CityAlight was created to have a personal relationship with the Almighty (Acts 17:27, Romans 8:15, John 15:1-11, and Romans 11:16-24).


Yet I look for worldly treasure
And forsake the King of kings

Their natural inclination is to disobey God and do whatever they want (Jeremiah 17:9, Matthew 15:19, and Mark 7:21-22).

But mine is hope in my Redeemer
Though I fall, His love is sure
For Christ has paid for every failing

Christ died while CityAlight were sinners, demonstrating how much He loves them (Romans 5:6-8). He paid for their lawbreaking (Isaiah 53:1-12, Matthew 20:28, Mark 10:45, John 1:29, John 3:16, John 19:30, Acts 4:12, Acts 20:28, Romans 5:6-10, Romans 6:23, 1 Corinthians 1:30, 1 Corinthians 6:20, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Galatians 1:3-4, Galatians 3:13, Ephesians 1:7, Colossians 2:14, 1 Timothy 2:6, Titus 2:14, Hebrews 9:12, Hebrews 9:15, Hebrews 9:22, Hebrews 9:26, 1 Peter 1:17-21, 1 Peter 2:24, 1 Peter 1:18-19, 1 John 1:7, 1 John 2:1-2, and Revelation 5:9).

I am His forevermore

Through Christ’s death, CityAlight has become adopted sons and daughters of the Most High (John 1:12-13, John 14:18, Romans 8:14-17, Romans 8:23, Romans 9:1-8, Galatians 3:26, Galatians 4:5-7, Ephesians 1:3-14, Ephesians 2:11-22, Hebrews 9:15, and 1 John 3:1-3).

[Verse 2]

Mine are tears in times of sorrow
Darkness not yet understood
Through the valley, I must travel
Where I see no earthly good
But mine is peace that flows from heaven
And the strength in times of need
I know my pain will not be wasted
Christ completes His work in me

CityAlight recognizes that trials, at the moment, seems like it’s not beneficial. Yet, they know that it’s ultimately for their good (Romans 5:3-5, Hebrews 12:4-11, and James 1:2-4), completing His work in them (Philippians 1:6).

[Verse 3]

Mine are days here as a stranger
Pilgrim on a narrow way

Though CityAlight lives in this world temporarily, it is not their permanent residence. They will one day live to be with God, in the house that He prepares for them (John 14:3).

One with Christ I will encounter
Harm and hatred for His name

Jesus tells His followers that they should not be surprised if they are hated on account of Him (John 15:18-25). CityAlight is prepared for this likely scenario.

But mine is armour for this battle
Strong enough to last the war

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References the familiar armor of God, described in Ephesians 6:10-18.

And He has said He will deliver
Safely to the golden shore

That is, to the golden city as described in Revelation 21:18.

And mine are keys to Zion city
Where beside the King I walk

Not the Old Testament easternmost hill of Jerusalem built by King David, but the New Testament heavenly Zion (Psalm 2:6, Psalm 132:13-14, Micah 4:7, Hebrews 12:22-24, and Revelation 14:1).

For there my heart has found its treasure
Christ is mine forevermore

CityAlight references Matthew 6:21 and Luke 12:34, affirming that Christ is their treasure rather than worldly pursuits.


Come rejoice now, O my soul
For His love is my reward
Fear is gone and hope is sure

Citylight appeals to their listeners to join in their rejoicing, finding forgiveness and enter into a relationship with God. There is no more need to fear if we put our trust in God (Genesis 15:1, Joshua 1:9, Deuteronomy 31:6, 1 Chronicles 28:20, Psalm 23:4, Psalm 27:1, Psalm 34:4, Psalm 56:3-4, Psalm 94:19, Psalm 115:11, Psalm 118:6, Isaiah 35:4, Isaiah 41:10-13, Isaiah 43:1, Isaiah 54:4, John 14:25-27, Romans 8:15, Romans 8:38-39, 2 Timothy 1:7, Hebrews 13:5-6, 1 Peter 3:13-14, 1 Peter 5:6-7, and 1 John 4:18).

Christ is mine forevermore!

Repeats the final line of Verse 3.

Come rejoice now, O my soul
For His love is my reward
Fear is gone and hope is sure
Christ is mine forevermore!
Come rejoice now, O my soul
For His love is my reward
Fear is gone and hope is sure
Christ is mine forevermore!

Repeats lines 1-4 twice.

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And mine are keys to Zion city
Where beside the King I walk
For there my heart has found its treasure
Christ is mine forevermore
Christ is mine forevermore
Christ is mine forevermore

Repeats the last few lines of Verse 3.

Score: 10/10

3. How would an outsider interpret the song?

Given the explicit references to Jesus and God, it will be obvious that it’s a Christian song. Unbelievers will likely understand CityAlight’s core message, that they put their hope in God.

CityAlight makes plenty of references to Scripture that will likely sail over their heads without a good understanding of their background. This includes concepts such as Zion, the armor of God, and pilgrimage.

Score: 7/10

4. What does this song glorify?

This song glorifies God, contrasting the riches of knowing God with the darkened state of a life apart from Him.

Score: 10/10

Closing Comments

CityAlight’s Christ Is Mine Forevermore is a great song. Its Christ-centered focus reminds Christians that we were made for worship, joining CityAlight in praising the God who saves, protects, and adopts. We look forward to the great city on a hill, spending our eternity with Him. These bring God glory.

Unbelievers might find it more difficult to comprehend things such as Zion, the armor of God, and pilgrimage without further study.

I highly recommend this song for corporate worship. Seeker-sensitive churches might want to consider if their congregation will be confused by the rich, deep theological ideas mentioned in the previous paragraph.

Final Score: 9.5/10

Artist Info

Track: Christ Is Mine Forevermore (listen to the song)

(Video) Such Great Faith

Artist: CityAlight

Album: Only a Holy God

Genre: Hymn

Release Year: 2016

Duration: 5:28

Agree? Disagree? Don’t be shy or have a cow! Calmly and politely state your case in a comment, below.

*Copyright © 2016 CityAlight Music (APRA) (adm. at All rights reserved. Used by permission.


06/18/2022 – Changed Introduction from “Castle Church” to “Castle Hill”.

06/11/2021 – Per Artist Theology announcement, I expanded the red text to encourage others to study CityAlight’s theology.

03/23/2021 – Updated perrepetition announcement.

05/14/2020 – Neal Cruco is correct about the context of Verse 2. It is about overcoming tribulation, not old/new self. I updated my commentary to reflect this revelation.


What key is Christ is mine forevermore? ›

This song was arranged by Grant Wall / Daniel Galbraith in the key of Bb, C.
Piano/Vocal (SATB/Choir) Details.
Original KeyBb
Available KeysBb, C
ThemesLove, Modern Hymn, Soul, Treasure, Heart, War, Battle, Heaven, Peace, Darkness, Sorrow, Redeemer, King, God, Eternal, Christ
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What denomination is CityAlight? ›

CityLights Church can be best described as Protestant, Reformed, and Evangelical. By Protestant, we mean that we affirm the 5 “solas” of the Reformation (Scripture alone, faith alone, grace alone, Christ alone, and to the glory of God alone).

What is mine is yours Bible? ›

All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name--the name you gave me--so that they may be one as we are one.

What does the Bible say about taking a test? ›

For students, taking an exam, especially

I understand more than the aged, for I keep your precepts.” “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.”

What church does Cityalight come from? ›

In early 2013, fifteen songwriters from St Paul's Castle Hill got together and began to work on new music for the church. The vision was for biblically-rich lyrics and simple melodies. Over the course of the year, over fifty songs were written.

What genre is Cityalight? ›

What is City Light Church? ›

Citylight churches gather regularly for the preaching and teaching of God's word, to observe the sacraments, and to worship Jesus. We also scatter into City Groups throughout the week to live on mission as a spiritual family in the places we live, work, and play.

Whats mine is mine meaning? ›

Prov. A humorous way of saying, "Everything belongs to me."; (A jocular variant of "What's yours is mine, and what's mine is yours," an expression of generosity.)

Where in the Bible does it say we belong to God? ›

In Romans 1:6, Paul greets the church in Rome by saying, “including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.” The entirety of the Scriptures shouts to the world that we belong to God. In the beginning, humanity was created to be in perfect union with God and belong to Him, for we are His creation (Genesis 1:26).

What is the meaning of Luke 14 33? ›

Like a person planning to build a tower or a king contemplat- ing war, discipleship demands sober evaluation. In Luke 14:33 Jesus says, "So therefore, whoever of you does not renounce all that he has cannot be my dis- ciple" (RSV).

How do I pray to God to pass a test? ›

Lord God, Thank you for this opportunity to learn new skills and stretch my understanding. Thank you for guiding me through this time of study into the final exams. I lay before you all the hopes and fears I have about the outcome.

Where in the Bible does it say God does not test us? ›

' For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone” (James 1:13). But it is true that God tests us — that is, He allows us to get into situations where we must make a choice between right and wrong.

Which Psalm is for exam success? ›

I lie down and sleep; I wake again because the Lord sustains me. - Psalm 3:5. In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety. - Psalm 4:8.

How many churches are in Philadelphia? ›

There are approximately 110 churches in Philadelphia. The city was founded by William Penn who had his fair share of religious persecution.

What's yours is mine and what's mine my own? ›

Latest Quote: “What's yours is mine and what's mine is my own.” – James Joyce, Ulysses.

What's mine is mine and what's his is ours? ›

What's Mine Is Mine, And What's Yours Is Ours – Cheryl Stein Law.

What's mine is mine and mine and mine and not yours? ›

What's mine is mine, and mine and mine, and mine, and mine, and mine! Not yours! Orange Lantern Corps Oath The Orange Lantern Corps symbol. The Orange Lantern Corps is essentially a light construct army created by Larfleeze and powered by the orange light of avarice.

Does everything belong to God? ›

Even our ability to give generously comes from God (Deuteronomy 8:18; 2 Corinthians 9:10–11). Everything we have, and everything else that exists, is all his. This is probably how King David was able to so easily let go of the treasure he'd amassed. He knew where it came from and that it wasn't his to keep.

What belongs to the Lord in Greek? ›

In Greek this has at times been translated as kyrios. While the term Mari expressed the relationship between Jesus and his disciples during his life, Christians eventually came to interpret the Greek kyrios as representing lordship over the world.

What is the verse John 316? ›

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

What does it mean to carry your cross? ›

To carry your cross, means to fully put your trust in God amid the storms and battles in your life. It means that although you may be in an extremely difficult or painful situation, you always trust that God is with you in the midst of your suffering. As Christians, we try to live our life according to the will of God.

What is the cost of being a disciple? ›

Some fear losing their life by declaring their faith, but they risk losing eternal life. Some will gain the wealth of the world but lose eternal life. Some are ashamed of their faith, and Jesus will be ashamed of them when he comes.

What does it mean to forsake all? ›

To forsake another person is to leave them entirely, usually in a moment of need. Forsake may mean simply giving something up, such as a way of life or a homeland, for something better or more appropriate.

What do you say before starting a prayer? ›

We open the prayer by addressing God because he is the one we are praying to. Start by saying "Father in Heaven" or "Heavenly Father." We address Him as our Heavenly Father, because He is the father of our spirits. He is our creator and the one to whom we owe everything we have, including our lives.

How do you end a prayer? ›

At the end of a Christian prayer, you will likely hear an amen. Some Christians end their prayer by saying, “All God's people said” or “In Jesus' name.” The endings to prayer express your agreement and sincerity.

What does it mean to be tested by God? ›

A spiritual test, according to several religious traditions, is a life situation, provided by God, to evaluate man's individual moral character and obedience to His laws.

Does the Lord test our faith? ›

In James 1 the Bible teaches that God uses trials to test or prove our faith. Trials help us to see if our faith is genuine. Trials are also meant to help us develop our faith as we see it lacking. This process is not an easy path to experience.

Who tested God in the Bible? ›

Israel in the Wilderness

Jesus quotes Moses from Deuteronomy 6:16: “You shall not put the Lord your God to the test, as you tested Him at Massah.” What does Moses mean by “putting the Lord to the test?” In order to understand this verse, we must go back and look at what happened at Massah.

What is G B chord? ›

The G/B chord is a so called slash chord. On the left side of the slash you have a chord, on the right side just the lowest tone (bass). This chord is pronounced „G over B”. The G/B consists of the following tones: G (1), B (3) and D (5)

How deep the Father's love for us chords D? ›

How Deep The Father's Love For Us - Stuart Townend - Tutorial - YouTube

What is E7 chord? ›

E7 is a type of dominant seventh chord—remember, a major triad plus a flatted seventh. An E major triad is spelled E G# B, as shown in Example 1, and an E7 chord contains the notes E, G#, B, and D (Example 2).

What does it mean when a chord is over another chord? ›

It means the first chord is the main one to play, and to use the NOTE written AFTER the slash as the lowest note played. That after slash note may, or may not be actually part of the original chord.

What is Em7? ›

E minor 7 (Em7) is a beautiful chord composed of the notes E, G, B, and D. The combination of the minor key (G is the flat 3rd of the major scale) and the 7th interval (D) give it a rich, interesting sound.

How great is the Father's love for us Bible verse? ›

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known.

What key is build your kingdom here in? ›

Chords & Lyrics (Editable) Details
InstrumentsGuitar, Ukelele, Piano
File TypePDF
Original KeyD
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