He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life.@John 3:36

James McGranahan, Gospel Hymns No. 3 (New York/Chicago: Biglow & Main, 1878), number 21 (🔊 pdf nwc).

About twenty years ago, Writes the Rev. James Sprunt, of London, Mrs. S— one evening left her home, near Blandford Square, to visit some of her friends. She was disappointed to find they were not at home. She called upon others, but they also had gone out. Vexed in mind and weary in body she was returning to her home. Passing the doors of Omega Hall, she was invited to the service then being held inside. She entered, and enjoyed the service, especially the singing of O what a Saviour, that He died for me! This was good news to her soul. By the Spirit of God she had been taught her lost condition. What was she to do? She had been told in the Hall to repent and believe the Gospel, to accept Christ as her Saviour, and to rest her soul on the finished work of Calvary’s cross. She heard all this, but did not obey. But when she retired that night her mind could not rest. During her sleep she dreamed that she was in the meeting and had again joined in the hymn…and with the dreamy singing she awoke to say, not in a dream and not in unbelief, but with true faith in God’s Son, from condemnation He hath made me free.

Sankey, pp. 292–93

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James McGranahan (1840–1907)

Oh, what a Savior that He died for me!
From condemnation He hath made me free;
He that believeth on the Son, said He,
Hath everlasting life.

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Verily, verily, I say unto you;
Verily, verily,
message ever new!
He that believeth on the Son ’tis true!
Hath everlasting life!

All my iniquities on Him were laid,
All my indebtedness by Him was paid;
All who believe on Him, the Lord hath said,
Hath everlasting life.

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Though poor and needy, I can trust my Lord;
Though weak and sinful I believe His Word;
O glad message! Every child of God
Hath everlasting life.

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Though all unworthy, yet I will not doubt;
For him that cometh He will not cast out:
He that believeth, oh, the good news shout!
Hath everlasting life.

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