Tuesday, April 10, 2012

"What A Savior!"

Alan E. Kruschner, in the Alpha and Omega website, posted a poem (publ. 1875) by Philip Bliss, a Methodist minister.  I thought it should reflect more accurately the Reformed Calvinist teaching on salvation (e.g. TULIP), so I kind of reworded it (extensively, I guess) and sent it to them. Here's my revision:

Man of sorrows! What a Name!
For the Son of God Who came
For the chosen to reclaim.
The rest created for misery. What a Savior!

Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In place of the elect He stood
Sealed by decree (not by blood)
The rest chosen for misery. What a Savior!

Predestined guilty, vile, helpless we;
The Lamb of God only a means;
Of limited atonement for the few
The rest ordained for misery! What a Savior!

Lifted up was He to die
Alone for those elected.
"It is finished!" was His cry
Securing damnation was his pleasure
For those left in misery. What a Savior!

When He comes, this glorious King,
Only a chosen few redeemed will sing,
While numberless left gnash their teeth
Whose birth was only for hell's fire
To forever leave in misery. What a Savior!

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Note:  just learned by a member of the Society of Evangelical Arminians that the original hymn posted at AOM is in fact a "lovely old hymn by someone called Philipp Bliss (1838-76)."