Top Stone

When elements and time will fade

Author: James Relly
Published in 5 hymnals

Representative Text

1 When elements and time will fade,
(What wisest architects have made)
Mould'ring to whence it came;
God's building ever shall endure,
In all things order'd well and sure,
Christ always is the same.

2 When we the inside work survey,
What grandeur does the whole display!
How glorious ev'ry part!
Earth's beauties all are far too mean
To point out what's in Jesus seen,
When he attracts the heart.

3 Foundation, Christ, and head stone too,
The Alpha and Omega thou,
Of this, the house of God:
A lively stone, on thee I'm built;
And wash'd from all my dreadful guilt,
In thine atoning blood.

Source: Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs: selected and original, designed for the use of the Church Universal in public and private devotion #LXXXIII

Author: James Relly

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 >

Text Information

First Line: When elements and time will fade
Title: Top Stone
Author: James Relly
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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