1 O! how doth God our souls surprise,
When he our conscience doth baptize
Into the holy Nature;
Where, free from all Offence and blame,
We now possess in Christ the Lamb,
The Fulness of his Stature.
And shall ever,
In our Saviour,
With him to this Grace elected.
2 Free from all consciousness of Sin,
We live where none can enter in;
This when in Heart believed;
Our Conscience answers towards God,
As free from Sin, thro' Jesu's Blood,
Nor can we be deceived:
In one Body,
White and ruddy,
In the Father's Glory seated.
3 Salvation now in us is wrought;
Now is there one uneasy Thought,
By which our Peace is spoiled:
Baptiz'd into the Saviour's Name,
Our Conscience answers to the Lamb,
Who ne'er can be defiled.
From what vexes
We are fully
In and as in Jesus holy.
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 >