248. Now Christ, the Sinless Son of God

1 Now Christ, the sinless Son of God,
On sinners sends this saving flood;
This is the water which the Lord
Has joined unto His saving Word.

2 This flood, to cleanse sin's leprosy,
Mere earthly water cannot be;
Here water and God's gracious Word
Are joined; Salvation they afford!

3 "Go forth," says Christ, "My Word proclaim,
Baptize all nations in God's name;
All who are baptized and believe
Life everlasting shall receive."

4 God, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
To be baptized invites a host;
Here He is present, though unseen,
From all our sins He's washed us clean.

5 And so by our repentance, must
The old man, with his sins and lust,
Be daily drowned and then arise
God's own child, righteous, pure, and wise.

6 Since by this water and the Word
We're born again, we thank You, Lord.
Through life and death Yours may we be,
Your children through eternity.

Text Information
First Line: Now Christ, the sinless Son of God
Title: Now Christ, the Sinless Son of God
German Title: Christus, der wahre Gottes Sohn
Author: N. Selnecker, 1532-92
Translator: C. H. L. Schuette, 1843-1926 (alt.)
Meter: L M
Language: English
Publication Date: 1996
Topic: Baptism of Jesus
Tune Information
Meter: L M
Key: B♭ Major

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