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Man was corrupt, condemn'd, un

one, Entangled fast by Satan's guile.

2. Thou, for their sake who hated thee, Didst shed thy blood upon the tree, Thy life for ours didst give; Thou barest our curse; our debt was paid, Thy soul for sin an offering made, Thou diedst, that we with thee might live. 3. Never may I depart from thee; Thou hast procur'd my liberty, Thanks to thy boundless grace. Thy wounds, whereon I trust by faith, My refuge are from sin and death, My feeble soul's abiding-place.

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III. THE INCARNATION AND BIRTH OF JESUS CHRIST.

23.4 T. 97.

JESUS, the almighty Son of God, Takes up with mortals his abode; He who was sworn to Abraham, Who ever was and is the same, Came in due time and mysteries reveal’d, (were conceal’d. Which from the world's foundation

2. We, dead in sins and trespasses,

The narrow way to life and peace

Had neither will nor power to find;

Nor were our stubborn hearts inclin’d (know,

To wish, or seek that happiness to

Which love alone on sinners could bestow.

3. Then Love brake forth, “Behold me still Prepar’d, O God, to do thy will; I freely come, I freely.die, For guilty man to satisfy: I in his stead will suffer on the tree, (set him free.” From sin, and death, and hell to

4. And thus, to save our souls from guilt, (spilt: Our Surety’s precious blood was The sins of all on him were laid, And he for all hath fully paid: Now God, as children, freely will receive (believe. Repenting sinners who in Christ

5. Out of mere grace unmerited, Salvation showers upon our head; Because the Lamb was crucified, Because the Lord of glory died, Are we invited to possess a throne, Before the world was made or

dain’d our own. Matth. Stach.

24.4 T. 22.

TO God we render thanks and
praise,
Who pitied mankind's fallen race,
And gave his dear and only Son,
That us, as children, he might own.

2. What grace, what great benevolence, (sense! What love, surpassing human For this great work no angel can Him duly praise, much less a man.

3. The Word eternal did assume Our flesh and blood, and man become; (see The First and Last with wonder Partake of human misery.

4. He came to seek and save the lost; (cost, We sinn'd, and he would bear the That we might share eternal bliss; O what unbounded love was this.

5. How wretched they who still despise Jesus, the pearl of greatest price: Those who neglect to hear his voice, (choice. Must perish by their own free

6. Unhappy those who turn away, Or such as carelessly delay

To meet their Saviour, tho’ he came Their souls from misery to reclaim.

7. Come, sinners, Jesus will receive (live: The chief of sinners; come and “I’ll dwell with you,” our Saviour saith: (faith. Receive him in your hearts by M. Weiss, or Boh. Brn.

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