1 Wond'rous the Grace which now we prove!
Led up to the Creator's Love,
With every perfect Spirit;
The Nature, Love, and Life in God,
We soar to know, by Jesu's Blood,
And all its Bliss inherit:
Of our Blindness
Thro' the Kindness
Of our Jesus,
Who from Sin did quite release us.
2 Our God so lov'd his Creature Man;
He was before the World began
The first Word by him spoken:
Declared then his only Son
In Union with the Godhead one;
A perfect Proof and Token
All this Blessing,
To the Creature,
And that God did love their nature.
3 Whilst all in Heav'n rejoic'd in this,
Tho' they but faintly saw the Bliss
Of human Exaltation;
We, whom it most concern'd to know,
Were kept in Blindness here below,
By Sin from all Sensation.
We believe it,
Nor receive it,
When he prov'd us,
Saying, Our Creator lov'd us.
4 The Father saw us sunk in Sin,
Our Nature spoiled, blind, unclean,
Unmeet for his enjoying;
Resolv'd to make our Nature pure,
By all our sins destroying:
Laid the Scheme, of
What's the Theme of
All the blessed,
Who are of their God caressed.
5 The Father sends his only Son;
Yea, comes himself to Worms undone;
Is found in all our Fashion;
Thro' all our Reputation's Loss,
He tracks us to the shameful Cross,
And feels us in his Passion.
He o'er took us,
Nor forsook us;
But redeem'd us,
And as his own Heav'n esteem'd us.
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 >