Scripture Verse

A man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ. Galatians 2:16


Julia H. Johnston (1849–1919)

Words: Ju­lia H. John­ston, in Bi­ble Stu­dy Songs, by Ber­tha F. Vel­la & Da­ni­el B. Tow­ner (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts & Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Pil­grim Press, 1899), page 85.

Music: Ne­pal O. T. Wren (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Wren’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), or a bet­ter one of John­ston,


The Law is ho­ly, just and good,
And each com­mand we should ob­ey;
For Mo­ses wrote the ve­ry things
The Lord re­quires of us to­day.
But none have kept, with per­fect heart,
The Ten Com­mands from Sinai heard,
For we are weak, and break the Law,
In dai­ly thought and deed and word.

The Sav­ior kept the perfect Law,
For us He bore the guilt of sin;
He died to pay the debt we owe,
He lives to make us pure with­in.
The Gos­pel is the bless­èd news
Of par­don bought, at high­est cost;
Redemption now is full and free,
And none who trust Him shall be lost.

Then jus­ti­fied by faith are we,
By grace and mer­cy from above;
And peace with God, thro’ Je­sus Christ,
Is ours thro’ His re­deem­ing love.
We long to be like Christ our Lord,
For be ye ho­ly is His word;
We long to spread the glad good news
Which our re­joic­ing hearts have heard.