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1 Should we be debtors to the flesh,
We who embrace the Gospel cause;
Or should it be our aim or wish,
To be subject to carnal laws.
2 If so, we live, we surely die,
We cannot be from bondage freed--
Because we cannot crucify
The flesh with ev'ry evil deed.
3 The Gospel makes the soul alive,
And all our vital pow'rs renew'd;
We shall succeed whene'er we strive,
To have our evil lusts subdew'd.
4 We shall be made the Sons of God,
And by his blessed spirit led!
We walk the strait and narrow road,
Assisted by his heav'nly aid.
5 No bondage, dread or slavish fear
Will God's dear children need to feel.
Whate'er the Gospel doth declare:
His blessed spirit will reveal.
6 This spirit beareth sure record,
By which assurance will be giv'n--
His witness with the Gospel word,
Proves we are made the heirs of heav'n.
7 If thus we be the heirs of grace,
What happy creatures we shall be!
To dwell with Jesus and embrace,
His love to all eternity.Source: Church Hymn Book: consisting of newly composed hymns with the addition of hymns and psalms, from other authors, carefully adapted for the use of public worship, and many other occasions (1st ed.) #CXIII