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Hymns

Thy Works, Not Mine, O Christ

But now the righteousness apart from the law is revealed . . . even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ. (Isaiah 41:18)

Hymn Text

1. Thy works, not mine, O Christ,
Speak gladness to this heart;
They tell me all is done;
They bid my fear depart.

To whom, save Thee,
Who canst alone for sin atone, Lord, shall I flee?

2. Thy pains, not mine, O Christ,
Upon the shameful tree,
Have paid the law's full price,
And purchased peace for me.

To whom, save Thee,
Who canst alone for sin atone, Lord, shall I flee?

3. Thy cross, not mine, O Christ,
Has borne the awful load
Of sins that none in heaven
Or earth could bear but God.

To whom, save Thee,
Who canst alone for sin atone, Lord, shall I flee?

4. Thy righteousness, O Christ,
Alone can cover me:
No righteousness avails
Save that which is of Thee.

To whom, save Thee,
Who canst alone for sin atone, Lord, shall I flee?

 

Commentary

Horatius Bonar (1808-1889) served as pastor of the church at Kelso in Scotland. He composed over 600 hymns including:

"Thy Works, Not Mine, O Christ" was published in 1857. It is a doctrinally rich hymn teaching our need of the imputed righteousness of Christ. Christ and Christ alone is our only hope of salvation!

- Ken Puls

Words by Horatius Bonar, 1857
Tune: DARWALL (6.6.6.6.8.8.)
Music by John Darwall, 1770

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