257. Himself He Could Not Save

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by A. Midlane
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Himself He could not save,
 
He on the cross must die,
 
Or mercy cannot come
 
To ruined sinners nigh;
 
Yes, Christ, the Son of God, must bleed,
 
That sinners might from sin be freed.
Matthew 27:42; John 3:14; 1 Peter 1:3; Luke 24:7,44-46; Romans 6:18
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Himself He could not save,
 
For justice must be done;
 
Our sin's full weight must fall
 
Upon the sinless One;
 
For nothing less can God accept
 
In payment of that fearful debt.
Romans 3:24-26; 2 Corinthians 5:21
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Himself He could not save,
 
For He the Surety stood
 
For all who now rely
 
Upon His precious blood;
 
He bore the penalty of guilt
 
When on the cross His blood was spilt.
Hebrews 7:22; 1 Peter 1:19; 1 Peter 2:24; John 18:34
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Himself He could not save,
 
Love's stream too deeply flowed,
 
In love Himself He gave,
 
To pay the debt we owed.
 
Obedience to His Father's will,
 
And love to Him did all fulfill.
Galatians 2:20; Luke 22:42; John 14:31
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And now exalted high—
 
A Prince and Saviour He,
 
That sinners might draw nigh
 
And drink of mercy free,
 
Of mercy now so richly shed,
 
For Jesus liveth who was dead.
Acts 2:33; Acts 5:31; Ephesians 2:4; Revelation 1:18
“He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.” (Matthew 27:42)
“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up.” (John 3:14)
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” (1 Peter 1:3)