Only a Sinner Lyrics, Story, and Video

Only a Sinner Lyrics

1 Naught have I gotten but what I received;
Grace hath bestowed it since I have believed;
Boasting excluded, pride I abase;
I’m only a sinner, saved by grace!

Only a sinner saved by grace!
Only a sinner saved by grace!
This is my story, to God be the glory—-
I’m only a sinner saved by grace!

2 Once I was foolish, and sin ruled my heart,
Causing my footsteps from God to depart;
Jesus hath found me, happy my case;
I now am a sinner, saved by grace! (Refrain)

3 Tears unavailing, no merit had I;
Mercy had saved me, or else I must die;
Sin had alarmed me, fearing God’s face;
But now I’m a sinner saved by grace! (Refrain)

4 Suffer a sinner whose heart overflows,
Loving his Saviour to tell what he knows;
Once more to tell it would I embrace–
I’m only a sinner saved by grace! (Refrain)

Only a Sinner Hymn Story

“Only a Sinner” is a Christian hymn that was composed by James M Gray. The tune for this song is called “Naught have I gotten but what I received”.

This hymn discusses the doctrine of grace. In Christianity we are all saved by grace through faith. There is nothing we can do to be declared righteous in the eyes of God.

As Paul says in the bible book of Galatians if righteousness could be gotten by observing the law, then Christ died for nothing.

The reason Christ came to die on the cross is because we could not save ourselves. As the song says, we are only sinners saved by grace.

God’s grace is his unmerited favor. We did nothing to deserve his grace.

James M Gray was born on 21st September 1935 in New York city. He was a minister in the First Reformed Episcopal Church.

He later became dean of the Moody Bible Institute and while there helped in compiling a hymnal for the Institute.

James  M Gray - Only a sinner hymn writer
James Gray

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