Now Christ, the Sinless Son of God

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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.

Source: Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #248

Author: Nicolaus Selneccer

Selnecker, Nicolaus, D.D., son of Georg Selnecker (Selneccer, Schellenecker, who was protonotarius to the Nürnberg magistracy, but lived at Hersbruck near Nürnberg) was born at Hersbruck Dec. 5, 1532. In 1536 he was removed to Nürnberg, and became during his school time, when only twelve years old, organist at the chapel in the Kaiserburg there. He went to the university of Wittenberg in 1550 (where he became a favourite pupil of Melanchthon), graduated M.A. on July 31, 1554, and subsequently lectured as a privat-docent, sometimes to 200 students. In the end of 1557 he was appointed second court preacher at Dresden, and tutor to the heir apparent Prince Alexander, having also to supervise the education of the choirboys of the royal chape… Go to person page >

Translator: Conrad Herman Louis Schuette

Schuette, Conrad Herman Louis, was born at Vurrel. Hannover, Germany, June 17, 1843, and in 1873 became a Professor in the Capital University, Columbus, Ohio. He contributed 5 original hymns and several translations from the German to the Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal Columbus, Ohio, 1880, under the signature of "C. H. L. S." --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Now Christ the very son of God
Title: Now Christ, the Sinless Son of God
German Title: Christus, der wahre Gottes Sohn
Author: Nicolaus Selneccer
Translator: Conrad Herman Louis Schuette (alt.)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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DEUS TUORUM MILITUM (sometimes called GRENOBLE) was published in France in the 1753 Grenoble Antiphoner as a setting for the text "Deus tuorum militum" (“The God of Your Soldiers”). One of the finest French diocesan tunes from the eighteenth century, it represents a departure in Roman Catholic h…

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