To all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. John 1:13
Words: Isaac Watts, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Book 1, 1707, number 95.
Justification by faith, not by works; or, the law condemns, grace justifies.
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Not all the outward forms on earth,
Nor rites that God has giv’n,
Nor will of man, nor blood, nor birth,
Can raise a soul to Heav’n.
The sovereign will of God alone
Creates us heirs of grace;
Born in the image of His Son,
A new, peculiar race.
The Spirit, like some heav’nly wind,
Blows on the sons of flesh,
New-models all the carnal mind,
And forms the man afresh.
Our quickened souls awake and rise
From the long sleep of death;
On heav’nly things we fix our eyes,
And praise employs our breath.