When favored John beheld

When favored John beheld

Author: James Relly
Published in 3 hymnals

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1 When favour'd John beheld
The Visions of the Lord,
With Admiration fill'd,
He heard the Father's Word
Revealing what his Purpose was,
And what his Love should bring to pass.

2 Thus spake the sov'reign Lord,
Whilst on his Throne he sat,
"Hear ye my faithful Word;
"Behold I will create,
"And make all Things in Love anew:
"Write thou these Words, for they are true."

3 When God had thus declar'd
The secret of his Will,
The Man who was prepar'd
His Counsel to fulfil,
Emphatically spake to John,
And said, "Behold, the Work is done:

4 "For I the Alpha am,
"And the Omega too;
"You, in this sacred Name,
"The finish'd work may view:
"I, the Beginning and the End
"Of all the Joys which you attend."

5 The Father's great Decree
In him is now fulfill'd;
In Spirit there we see
All Things are reconcil'd,
And made comformable to God,
Wash'd from all Filth in Jesu's Blood.

6 New Heav'ns and Earth we spy,
With Hearts of God inspir'd,
Which ancient Prophecy
Foretold, and Saints desir'd:
That Jesus is this Grace, is true,
Where old Things cease, and all is new.

7 New Nature, pure, divine,
New Testament and Plan,
New Glories on us shine,
In Christ the heav'nly Man;
Our old Man he was crucify'd,
And lost from us when Jesus dy'd.

8 'Tis done, we're made anew,
And our Intelligence
Receives the Record true;
In Spirit we commence
That perfect Man, who did proclaim
The first and last to be his Name.

Source: Christian Hymns, Poems, and Spiritual Songs: sacred to the praise of God our Saviour #I.XLI

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 >

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First Line: When favored John beheld
Author: James Relly
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


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