Once For All

For by grace are ye saved through faith;
and that not of yourselves,
It is the gift of God, not of works,
lest any many should boast.
- Ephesians 2:8, 9 -

Free from the law—oh, happy condition!
Jesus hath bled, and there is remission;
Cursed by the law and bruised by the fall,
Christ hath redeemed us once for all.

There on the cross your burden upbearing,
Thorns on His brow your Savior is wearing;
Never again your sin need appall,
You have been pardoned once for all.

Now we are free—there’s no condemnation;
Jesus provides a perfect salvation:
“Come unto Me,” oh, hear His sweet call,
Come, and He saves us once for all.

Children of God—oh, 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—oh, sinner, receive it;
Once for all—oh, doubter, believe it;
Cling to the cross, the burden will fall,
  Christ hath redeemed us once for all.

Ira D. Sankey, in his book,
My Life and the Story of the Gospel Hymns,
relates the following account of his use of this hymn 
while conducting a meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland,
upon seeing the noted Scottish preacher,
Horatius Bonar in the audience.

Of all men in Scotland,
he was the one concerning 
whose decision I was most solicitous.
He was indeed my ideal hymnwriter,
the prince among the hymnists of his day and generation.
Yet, he would never sing one of his beautiful hymns
in his own congregation, because he ministered in a church
that believed in the use of Psalms only.

With fear and trembling, I announced as a solo, the song,
"Free From the Law, O Happy Condition. . . ."
Feeling that the singing might prove only as entertainment
and not a spiritual blessing, 
I requested the whole congregation
to join me in a word of prayer,
asking God to bless the truth about the be sung.
In my prayer my anxiety was relieved.
Believing and rejoicing 
in the glorious truth contained in the song,
I sang it through to the end.

At the close of Mr. Moody's address,
Dr. Bonar turned toward me 
with a smile on his venerable face,
and reaching out his hand, he said,
"Well, Mr Sankey, you sang the gospel tonight."
And thus the way was opened f
or the ministry of sacred song in Scotland.

- - Grace Alone - -
Not saved are we by trying, from self can come no aid;
'Tis on the blood relying, once for our ransom paid.
'Tis looking unto Jesus, the holy one and just;
'Tis His grace that saves me - it is not 'try' but trust!
- Anonymous -

Blessings and love to you 
on this Lord's Day!


Linda said...

I hope you and your family have a lovely Sunday and upcoming week, smiles.

Red Rose Alley said...

Have a restful and lovely Sunday, Stephanie. Please say a prayer for the fires we're having here in California, would you? Although I'm not too close to it, we're getting the smoke from it in our towns. It's a scary situation, and we need prayers. Thank you, Stephanie.

love, ~Sheri

Chris Lally said...

Lovely post from a lovely heart. Thank you, Stephanie.
Have a wonderful day!

Debbie Harris said...

How beautiful it was to see a Sunday post from you, I have missed them.
This was quite lovely both in word and photos. A hymn I believe I have not heard.
"Grace Alone" that was well written by the unknown author, and so very true.

Enjoy your day ❤

The French Hutch said...

Such a beautiful message this Sunday.........thank you.

Carla from The River said...

Thank you my friend, have a lovely week.
xx oo

Sue said...

As always a beautiful post, Stephanie, I am not familiar with this beautiful hymn. What a shame that it was not allowed to be sung in his church, a blessing missed for sure. I am thankful that it was shared for us to be blessed.

Thank you for sharing, and thank you for your sweet comment on my post, and thank you for your prayers.
Have a blessed week,

mamasmercantile said...

What a joy to see your usual Sunday post again. Uplifting.

Mari said...

That's not a song I am familiar with but the words are wonderful. I love the story too!

living from glory to glory said...

Very pretty new look on your blog!! What a pretty song! Glad you had some time away it is so important to get refreshed! Blessings to you and your's dear friend!
Love, Roxy

Kerin said...

A lovely and peaceful post.
Thank you for sharing this.

Have a happy day.


kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What a beautifully written post on Grace, my friend. Thank you for taking the time to share the words of the hymn, and the story behind it. I hope you have a wonderful week, filled with happiness and love.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a beautiful post and inspirational on this Monday too! I just got an email from you and I'm excited and happy about your new venture! Sweet hugs, Diane

Dianna said...

What a beautiful hymn, Stephanie. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. I had not heard it before, but it certainly does contain the message of the Gospel. And your presentations are always so beautiful. xx

Debbie said...

an inspirational post for many i am sure, uplifting with beautiful images!!

Conniecrafter said...

Oh wow that is just amazing that he would not be able to share his own songs, I love the mention about the power of prayer and how it can relieve us of our anxieties!
Hope you are having a great week!

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