By Grace I Am an Heir of Heaven

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1 By grace I am an heir of heaven:
Why doubt this, O my trembling heart?
If what the Scriptures promise clearly
Is true and firm in ev'ry part,
This also must be truth divine:
By grace a crown of life is thine.

2 By grace alone shall I inherit
That blissful home beyond the skies.
Works count for naught, the Lord incarnate
Hath won for me the heav'nly prize.
Salvation by His death He wrought,
His grace alone my pardon bought.

3 By grace! These precious words remember
When sorely by thy sins oppressed,
When Satan comes to vex thy spirit,
When troubled conscience sighs for rest;
What reason cannot comprehend,
God doth to thee by grace extend.

4 By grace! This fount of our salvation
As long as God is truth shall flow.
What all the men of God have written,
What God's own words so plainly show,
What faith alone can rest upon
Is grace, In Christ, God's only Son.

5 By grace! Be this in death my comfort;
Despite my fears, 'tis well with me.
I know my sin in all its greatness,
But also Him who sets me free.
My heart to naught but joy gives place
Since I am saved by grace, by grace.

Source: American Lutheran Hymnal #123

Translator: H. Brueckner

Born: March 11, 1866, Grundy County, Iowa (birth name: Herman Heinrich Moritz Brueckner). Died: January 25, 1942, Hebron, Nebraska (funeral held in Beatrice, Nebraska). Buried: St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Waverly, Iowa. After ordination in 1888, Brueckner pastored in Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky, and Wisconsin. He later moved to Iowa City, Iowa, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Iowa State University in 1917. In 1926, he joined the faculty of Hebron College in Nebraska. In 1938, Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa, conferred an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree on him. He retired as professor emeritus from Hebron College in 1941. Sources: Erickson, p. 254 Findagrave, accessed 14 Nov 2016 Hustad, p. 213 Stulken, p.… Go to person page >

Author: Christian L. Scheidt

Christian Ludwig Scheidt, b. 1709, Waldenburg; d. 1761, Hanover, hofrat and librarian at Hanover Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: By grace I am an heir of heaven
Title: By Grace I Am an Heir of Heaven
Translator: H. Brueckner
Author: Christian L. Scheidt (1742, cento)
Meter: 9.8.9.8.8.8
Language: English
Copyright: © 1930 American Lutheran Hymnal Lutheran Book Concern. Reprinted by permission of Augsburg Fortress

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