Once for All Lyrics
1 Free from the law, O happy condition,
Jesus hath bled, and there is remission;
Cursed by the law and bruised by the fall,
Grace hath redeemed us once for all.
Once for all, O sinner, receive it,
Once for all, O friend, now believe it;
Cling to the cross, the burden will fall,
Christ hath redeemed us once for all.
2 Now we are free, there’s no condemnation,
Jesus provides a perfect salvation;
“Come unto Me,” O hear His sweet call,
Come, and He saves us once for all. [Chorus]
3 “Children of God,” O glorious calling,
Surely His grace will keep us from falling;
Passing from death to life at His call,
Blessed salvation once for all. [Chorus]
Once for All Hymn Story
Philip P Bliss is the author of “Once for All” hymn. The tune used is called, Free from the law, O happy condition”.
Below is George Stebbins recollection on Philip P Bliss:
“As to Mr. Bliss’ place among the writers of Gospel hymns, it has long been admitted that he occupied a preéminence that still stands unrivaled, and to my mind it is a just estimate.
There has been no writer of verse since his time who has shown such a grasp of the fundamental truths of the Gospel, or such a gift for putting them into poetic and singable form as he.
Take, for instance, “Hallelujah, What a Savior!’ There is in that hymn not only a remarkably clear and forcible presentation of the atonement, but it is put in words not one of which could be changed for the better.
Nor, indeed, could there have been a more suitable or sympathetic setting for them than is found in his admirable music.
Another illustration is to be found in the hymn, “Free from the Law,” which is conceded to be the clearest statement of the doctrine of grace in distinction from the law to be found in hymnology.
Indeed, it was said at the time of Moody and Sankey’s first visit to Scotland in 1873 that the singing of that hymn had more to do in breaking down the prejudice that existed
against Gospel hymns up to that time than anything else, as its teaching was so Scriptural and in such perfect accord with the teaching of the Scottish divines.
The musical setting of it, ants could not have been improved upon.
Then, as an illustration of a hymn making a solemn appeal to the undecided, could there be anything more impressive or beautiful than his “Almost Persuaded,” which is, indeed, a classic in its way?
Other compositions could be cited that would illustrate still further his rare gifts, but these are so representative that it is needless to illustrate further.
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