1 Jesus, the Saviour, from above,
The Father's deep, descending Love
Reach'd us, the lower Parts of Earth,
And rais'd us to a heav'nly Birth:
He who ascends to Glory is the same,
As humbled to the Earth, from Heaven came.
2 Above the highest Heavens far,
Earth's lower Parts now risen are;
When God, who put our Nature on,
Ascended, the triumphant Man,
Where Thrones, Dominions, Powers, and Angels fall
Before his Face, as filling all in all.
3 Pre-eminence to Jesus giv'n,
To fill all Things in Earth and Heav'n:
The Dispensation now is come,
When God has gather'd all Things Home;
All Things in Love are gather'd into one,
Where Heav'n and Earth make one beloved Son.
4 Now Jesus fills all Things, we know;
All Things above, and all below;
That he fills all Things, we are sure,
Hence all Things now to us are pure:
In Faith's Idea no Vacuum we find,
For he fills all, as God's eternal Mind.
5 Nothing but Jesus now we view;
Old Things are lsot, and all Things new;
He fills our Heart, our Eye, our Ear,
And nought but Jesus doth appear.
O holy Mystery! here ends our Want,
Our Griefs, our Sorrows, Troubles, and Complaint.
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 >