150. Thou Art the Everlasting Word

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by J. Conder
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Thou art the everlasting Word,
 
The Father's only Son;
 
God manifest, God seen and heard,
 
The heaven's belovèd One;
 
Worthy, O Lamb of God, art Thou
 
That every knee to Thee should bow.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1)
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
“And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17)
“Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing.” (Revelation 5:12)
“That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth.” (Philippians 2:10)
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In Thee most perfectly expressed,
 
The Father's self doth shine;
 
Fullness of Godhead, too: the Blest,
 
Eternally divine.
 
Worthy, O Lamb of God, art Thou
 
That every knee to Thee should bow.
“For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4:6)
“For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” (Colossians 2:9)
“Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.” (Romans 9:5)
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Image of th' Infinite Unseen,
 
Whose being none can know;
 
Brightness of light no eye hath seen,
 
God's love revealed below.
 
Worthy, O Lamb of God, art Thou
 
That every knee to Thee should bow.
“Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.” (Hebrews 1:3)
“Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature.” (Colossians 1:15)
“All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.” (Matthew 11:27)
“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.” (John 1:18)
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The higher mysteries of Thy fame
 
The creature's grasp transcend;
 
The Father only Thy blest name
 
Of Son can comprehend.
 
Worthy, O Lamb of God, art Thou
 
That every knee to Thee should bow.
“All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.” (Matthew 11:27)
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Yet loving Thee, on whom His love
 
Ineffable doth rest,
 
The worshippers, O Lord, above,
 
As one with Thee, are blest:
 
Worthy, O Lamb of God, art Thou
 
That every knee to Thee should bow.
“Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.” (John 17:24)
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Of the vast universe of bliss,
 
The center Thou, and Sun;
 
Th' eternal theme of praise is this,
 
To heaven's belovèd One:
 
Worthy, O Lamb of God, art Thou
 
That every knee to Thee should bow.
“And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.” (Revelation 22:5)