1 O holy Imman'el! thy mystery divine,
From glory to glory, on Zion shall shine,
The myst'ry of God espous'd to a worm,
Who neither had merit nor beautiful form;
Yet rais'd to the bosom of God, the Supreme,
She sings he is like him, yet does not blaspheme.
2 O lovely Imman'el! illustrious thy grace!
The beauties of holiness shine in thy face:
Triumphant in bliss, our nature we spy,
And we, in that nature, join'd to the Most High:
The image express of the substance of God;
His brightness appearing by water and blood.
3 O sacred Imman'el! our glory, our joy;
In mut'al embraces, which never shall cloy,
The bridegroom and bride, our Maker and we,
Perpetually live, as united in thee;
Consummate salvation, reveal'd in thy blood,
In thee we possess, with the fulness of God.
4 O glorious Imman'el! Jehovah with man!
With us God is present; (amazing his plan!)
Perfection of joy we now understand,
Whilst rivers of pleasure flow at his right hand:
We stand, when no higher our notes we can raise,
In silence, expressive of wonder and praise.
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 >