Greatly beloved

Greatly beloved

Author: James Relly
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1 Greatly belov'd,
Of God approv'd;
Ere Time began,
Jehovah's darling Man
Possess'd his Naruer, Love,
There Man is known,
Whilst Angels own,
Above them far,
This bright and Morning-Star.

2 When all beheld,
With Wonder fill'd,
The glorious Grace
Sparkle in Jesu's Face;
We, Worms, as wholly blind
In Mind,
Could not discern
What did concern
Our Hearts alone,
That Orb in which we shone.

3 But God would show,
To us below,
His Grace and choice,
Whilst we in Heart rejoice;
And this reveal'd by Blood,
When God
Became a Man;
And then began
In Love to cure
Our Nature, blind, impure.

4 The work was great,
In made him sweat,
Blood-Rivers flow'd,
He groan'd and cry'd aloud;
Whilst Sorrows rent his Heart
With Smart
The Pains of Hell,
Infernal Wrath,
Incompaas'd him in Death.

5 With many Tears,
And unknown Fears,
Heart-breaking Sighs,
Infininte Agonies,
Wounds, Blood, and Bruises fresh,
His Flesh
All over fill;
In Anguish, still,
He yields his Breath
To the accursed Death.

6 Fail Nature's Laws;
The Sun withdraws;
With dreadful Crack,
The Rocks asunder break;
Confuls'd Creation shakes,
Earth quakes;
All old Things die,
Pass'd over all
That liv'd by Adam's Fall.

7 Hence came the Hour
when God, with Pow'r,
Rais'd from the Dead
The Members, and the Head:
In that one perfect Man,
The Plan
Of Grace we see,
Where Christ and we
Were nam'd in one,
The Father's only Son.

8 His JOy fulfill'd
In ev'ry Child:
We, in that Grace,
Behold the Father's Face:
In that exalted Man,
We can
For-ever view,
That love, so true,
Which did us raise
To never-ceasing Praise.

Source: Christian Hymns, Poems, and Spiritual Songs: sacred to the praise of God our Saviour #I.V

Author: James Relly

James Relly was born about 1722 at Jeffreston, Pembrokeshire, Wales, and died in 1778. He was converted to Christianity during the Great Awakening ushered in by George Whitefield. He worked under George Whitefield as a Calvinistic Methodist preacher and missionary. However, Whitefield and Relly separated ways over Relly's seemingly universalist teaching that all humanity was elect (i.e. saved) when Christ took the punishment for all sin when he died. He also departed from both the Calvinists and Methodists by taking the doctrine of Justification further, in teaching that believers no longer sin and the Law's sole purpose is to condemn humanity and point them to Christ. He was the mentor of John Murray, the founder of the Universalist Ch… Go to person page >

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First Line: Greatly beloved
Author: James Relly
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain
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