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.
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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.
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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.
“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” (1 Peter 2:24)
“Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me?” (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.
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)
“Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” (Luke 22:42)
“But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.” (John 14:31)
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And now exalted high—
 
A Prince and Savior He,
 
That sinners might draw nigh
 
And drink of mercy free,
 
Of mercy now so richly shed,
 
For Jesus liveth who was dead.
“Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.” (Acts 2:33)
“Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.” (Acts 5:31)
“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us.” (Ephesians 2:4)
“I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.” (Revelation 1:18)