You can download a PDF of this song, including sheet music, here.
This song was forwarded to me by Jason Punches of Somerset Reformed Fellowship.
All mankind fell in Adam’s fall,
One common sin infects them all;
From sire to son the bane descends,
And over all the curse impends.
Through all man’s powers corruption creeps
And him in dreadful bondage keeps;
In guilt he draws his infant breath
And reaps its fruits of woe and death.
From hearts depraved, to evil prone,
Flow thoughts and deeds of sin alone;
God’s image lost, the darkened soul
Nor seeks nor finds its heavenly goal.
But Christ, the second Adam, came
To bear our sin and woe and shame,
To be our Life, our Light, our Way,
Our only Hope, our only Stay.
As by one man all mankind fell
And, born in sin, was doomed to hell,
So by one Man, who took our place,
We all received the gift of grace.
We thank Thee, Christ; new life is ours,
New light, new hope, new strength, new powers:
May grace our every way attend
Until we reach our journey’s end!
Lutheran minister and professor Rod Rosenbladt has a short message entitled “Christianity in Five Verses,” made available by New Reformation Press. It is quite possibly the most succinct and clear presentation of the gospel I’ve ever come across. In rapid-fire succession, Rosenbladt identifies and dismisses many of the “gospels” presented by many churches today, contrasting them with the true gospel of the imputed righteousness of Christ alone. If you have a spare 22 minutes, you must listen to this excellent presentation.
From the website’s description:
This powerful lecture goes right to the center of what the Christian faith is, cutting through all the claptrap and fluff that so often diverts us from the core message of the Scriptures. Dr. Rosenbladt clearly and concisely lays down Gospel right from the text of the Scriptures and contrasts this message with what often masquerades as the Gospel. This is a must-listen for every Christian, but especially for pastors and teachers charged with teaching and preaching God’s Word, and for those actively involved in sharing their faith with others.
Isaac Watts, writing in Orthodoxy and Charity United, presents the teaching of The confessions on preaching the gospel, particularly concerning the ground of our justification: Solus Christus, Christ alone.
“We claim Salvation not in the right of any act of ours, not upon the Rent of Faith (as men hold Tenements by the payment of a Penny, a Rose, or such like) no such thing here; all is paid to the utmost Farthing by our Surety, and we hold and claim upon the obedience of Jesus Christ alone.”