568. If Your Beloved Son, O God

1 If Your beloved Son, O God,
Had not to earth descended
And in our mortal flesh and blood
Had not sin's power ended,
Then this poor, wretched soul of mine
In hell eternally would pine
Because of my transgression.

2 But now I find sweet peace and rest;
Despair no more reigns o'er me.
No more am I by sin oppressed,
For Christ has borne sin for me.
Upon the cross for me He died
That, reconciled, I might abide
With You, my God, forever.

3 I trust in Him with all my heart;
Now all my sorrow ceases.
His words abiding peace impart;
His blood from guilt releases.
Free grace through Him I now obtain;
He washes me from ev'ry stain,
And pure I stand before Him.

4 All righteousness by works is vain;
The Law brings condemnation.
True righteousness by faith I gain;
Christ's work is my salvation.
His death, that perfect sacrifice,
Has paid the all-sufficient price;
In Him my hope is anchored.

5 My guilt, O Father, You have laid
On Christ, Your Son, my Savior.
Lord Jesus, You my debt have paid
And gained for me God's favor.
O Holy Spirit, Fount of grace,
The good in me to You I trace;
In faith and hope preserve me.

Text Information
First Line: If Your beloved Son, O God
Title: If Your Beloved Son, O God
Original Language: German
Author (sts. 1-4): Johann Heermann, 1585-1647
Meter: 87 87 887
Language: English
Publication Date: 2006
Scripture: ; ;
Source: Neu-vermehrtes...Gesangbuch, Braunschweig, 1661, st. 5; The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941 (Tr.) alt.
Tune Information
Arranger: Paul G. Bunjes, 1914-98
Meter: 87 87 887
Key: F Major
Source: Etlich Cristlich lider, Wittenberg, 1524
Copyright: Setting © 1976 Concordia Publishing House

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