Scripture Verse

We are…Christ’s ambassadors. 2 Corinthians 5:20

Introduction

Words: Charles Wes­ley, Hymns on the Tri­ni­ty 1767.

Music: Brook­field Tho­mas B. South­gate, 1855 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of South­gate (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

portrait
Charles Wesley
1707–1788

Lyrics

God, the offended God most high,
Ambassadors to rebels sends;
His mes­sen­gers His place sup­ply,
And Je­sus begs us to be friends.

Us, in the stead of Christ, they pray,
Us, in the stead of God, en­treat,
To cast our arms, our sins, away,
And find for­give­ness at His feet.

Our God in Christ! Thine em­bas­sy,
And pro­ffered mer­cy, we em­brace;
And glad­ly re­con­ciled to Thee,
Thy con­des­cend­ing good­ness praise.

Poor debt­ors, by our Lord’s re­quest
A full ac­quit­tance we re­ceive!
And cri­mi­nals, with par­don bless­ed,
We, at our Judge’s in­stance, live!