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391. God Loved the World So that He Gave

1 God loved the world so that he gave
His only Son the lost to save
That all who would in him believe
Should everlasting life receive.

2 Christ is the solid rock of faith,
Who was made flesh and suffered death.
All who confide in him alone
Are built on this chief cornerstone.

3 God would not have the sinner die--
His Son with saving grace is nigh.
His Spirit in the Word does teach
How we the blessed goal may reach.

4 Be of good cheer, for God's own Son
Forgives the sins that you have done.
You're justified by Jesus' blood;
Baptized, you are a child of God.

5 When you are sick, when death draws near,
This truth your troubled heart can cheer:
Christ Jesus saves my soul from death--
This is the anchor of my faith!

6 Glory to God the Father, Son,
And Holy Spirit, Three in One!
To you, O blessed Trinity,
Be praise now and eternally!

Text Information
First Line: God loved the world so that he gave
Title: God Loved the World So that He Gave
Original Language: German
Translator: August Crull, 1845-1923 (alt.)
Meter: LM
Language: English
Publication Date: 1993
Topic: Justification
Source: Heilges Lippen...Gesangbuch, Stettin, c. 1778
Tune Information
Composer: George J. Elvey, 1816-93
Meter: LM
Key: D Major

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