Master Builder

Ye are God's building, is the word

Author: James Relly
Published in 2 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Ye are God's building, is the word,
Rais'd for the glory of the Lord,
Where he delights to dwell:
In Jesus, rais'd by his own hand,
This building ever shall withstand
The hostile gates of hell.

2 As skilful builders always care
Proper materials to prepare,
Needful for strength and grace;
So did he choose us in our head,
Ere time commenc'd, or worlds were made,
To build his dwelling place.

3 Such no untemper'd mortar use,
But justly will the same refuse
For what's more excellent;
All human daubings God despis'd;
When he his noble building rais'd,
Christ was the strong cement.

4 Would you the stately pile survey,
Its beauty, strength and harmony?
Then Christ Immanuel see!
Where all perfections in him meet,
There is the building seen complete,
The sum of all is He.

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

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: Ye are God's building, is the word
Title: Master Builder
Author: James Relly
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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Christian Hymns, Poems, and Spiritual Songs #I.LXXVI

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