Scripture Verse

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

Introduction

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John C. Ryle
1816–1900

Words: John C. Ryle, Hymns for the Church on Earth (Ips­wich, Eng­land: Will­iam Hunt, 1861), num­ber 110.

Music: Faith (Mc­Gra­na­han) James Mc­Gra­na­han, Psalms and Go­spel Songs (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Wi­no­na Pub­lish­ing, 1904), num­ber 216 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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James McGranahan
1840–1907
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Lyrics

Faith is a very simple thing,
Tho’ little un­der­stood;
It frees the soul from death’s dread sting,
By resting in the blood.
It looks not on the things around,
Nor on the things with­in,
It takes its flight to scenes above,
Beyond the sphere of sin.

It sees upon the throne of God
A victim that was slain;
It rests its all on His shed blood,
And says, I’m born again.
Faith is not what we feel or see,
It is a simple trust
In what the God of love has said
Of Je­sus, as the Just.

The perfect One that died for me,
Upon His Fa­ther’s throne,
Presents our names before our God,
And pleads Himself alone.
What Je­sus is, and that alone,
Is faith’s delightful plea;
It ne­ver deals with sinful self,
Nor righteous self, in me.

It tells me I am counted dead
By God in His own word;
It tells me I am born again
In Christ my ris­en Lord.
In that He died, He died to sin;
In that He lives—to God:
Then I am dead to nature’s hopes,
And justified thro’ blood.

If He is free, then I am free
From all un­right­eous­ness;
If He is just, then I am just,
He is my right­eous­ness.
What want I more to perfect bliss?
A body like His own
Will perfect me for greater joys,
Than angels round the throne.