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When I behold my bleeding God

When I behold my bleeding God

Author: James Relly
Published in 4 hymnals

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1 When I behold my bleeding God,
Each Mountain seems a Plain;
But if I e'er forget his Blood,
The Mountains rise again.

2 What means my inbred Sense, so rude,
To war against my Peace?
Or why should Reason bold intrude
Upon a Saviour's Grace?

3 What tho' my Senses loudly say,
I have nor Faith, nor Love;
Nor am I in the living Way
That leads to Realms above?

4 What if to increase still my Grief,
It summons Lust and Pride,
Hardness of Heart, and Unbelief,
And all my Ills beside:

5 And, from the Whole, would witness this,
Thou art devoid of Grace;
How canst thou hope, in Worlds of Bliss,
To see the Saviour's FAce?

6 To this, the Witness of my Lord,
(Greater than all in me),
Replies, in his unerring Word,
The Saviour's Grace is free.

7 The Man who works not, but believes
On him who justifies
Ungodly Souls, in Christ receives
The Life that never dies.

8 Our Saviour full Atonement made,
When for our sins he dy'd;
And, when he left Death's gloomy Shade,
Our Persons justify'd.

9 Who shall condemn? 'twas Jesus dy'd,
'Twas Jesus rose again;
He with himself hat justify'd
The sinful Sons of Men.

10 In Hope of what in Christ I am,
Rejoicing, I believe,
Against my hopeless Guilt and Shame,
And thus, by Faith, I live.



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

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 I behold my bleeding God
Author: James Relly
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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