Yea, as I live, Jehovah Saith
Yea, as I live, Jehovah saith,
I would not have the sinner’s death,
But that he turn from error’s ways,
Repent, and live through endless days.
To us therefore Christ gave command:
“Go forth and preach in every land;
Bestow on all My pardoning
Who will repent and mend their ways.
“All those whose sins ye thus remit
I truly pardon and
And those whose sins ye do retain
Condemned and guilty shall remain.
“What ye shall bind, that bound shall
What ye shall loose, that shall be free;
Unto My church the keys are giv’n
To ope and close the gates of Heav’n.”
The words which absolution give
Are His Who died that we might live;
The minister whom Christ has sent
Is but His humble
When ministers lay on their hands,
Absolved by Christ the sinner stands;
He who by grace the Word
The purchase of His blood receives.
All praise, eternal Son, to Thee
For absolution full and
In which Thou showest forth Thy grace;
From false indulgence guard our race.
Praise God the Father and the
And Holy Spirit, Three in One,
As ’twas, is now, and so shall be
World without end, eternity!
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