1 Jesus, the Father's richest Grace,
Anointed to behold his Face,
As all the Church in one;
The holy promis'd Shiloh, he,
In whom the Bride should gather'd be,
As one beloved Son.
2 He kept us in the Father's Name,
Thro' all this World of Sin and Shame,
So that there's missing none:
Tho' torn his Side, his Hands and Feet,
His Body's still preserv'd compleat,
Without a broken Bone.
3 He kept us in the dreadful Hour,
The Father's Name, his Love, and Pow'r,
Preserv'd the Souls he gave:
His future Glory we were giv'n,
Our Loss, had been his Loss of Heav'n,
But he was strong to save.
4 The Members giv'n unto the Head,
One Son, one perfect Body made,
The Darling of our God:
He gave each Member's Curse, and Pride,
To die the Death when Jesus dy'd,
All to be purg'd with Blood.
5 That he might make our Nature clean,
The Father laid on him our Sin,
Whilst with Temptations tost,
Most dreadful Cries were heard, with Blood,
Whilst in the Storm and Wrath of God,
Perdition's Son was last;
6 Lost from the Father's piercing Sight,
Deep buried in eternal Night,
Now lies the Man of Sin;
And, lost for-ever from our view,
When we in Spirit Jesus knew,
And with him enter in.
7 Now are the Scriptures all fulfill'd
In Christ, the Virgin's promis'd Child,
Man sav'd, and Sin condemn'd:
Brought Home to see the Father's Face,
Where we inherit all his Grace,
And are by him esteem'd.
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 >