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Father of Jesus Christ, My Lord

Charles Wesley

Father of Jesus Christ, my Lord,
My Savior, and my Head,
I trust in Thee, Whose powerful word
Hath raised Him from the dead.

Thou know’st for my offence He died,
And rose again for me,
Fully and freely justified,
That I might live to Thee.

Eternal life to all mankind
Thou hast in Jesus given;
And all who seek, in Him shall find
The happiness of heaven.

O God! Thy record I believe,
In Abraham’s footsteps tread;
And wait, expecting to receive,
The Christ, the Promised Seed.

Faith in Thy power Thou seest I have,
For Thou this faith hast wrought;
Dead souls thou callest from their grave,
And speakest worlds from nought.

Things that are not, as though they were,
Thou callest by their name;
Present and future with Thee are,
With Thee, the great I AM.

In hope, against all human hope,
Self-desperate, I believe;
Thy quickening word shall raise me up,
Thou shalt Thy Spirit give.

The thing surpasses all my thought,
But faithful is my Lord;
Through unbelief I stagger not,
For God hath spoke the word.

Faith, mighty faith, the promise sees,
And looks to that alone;1
Laughs at impossibilities,
And cries, “It shall be done!”2

To Thee the glory of Thy power
And faithfulness I give;
I shall in Christ, in that glad hour,
And Christ in me shall live.

Obedient faith, that waits on Thee,
Thou never wilt reprove;
But thou wilt form Thy Son in me,
And perfect me in love.


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  1. The first two lines from this ninth stanza are quoted by Thomas Cook in Sanctifying Faith.
  2. These two stanzas (starting with “the thing surpasses all my thought”) are quoted in Percy Gutteridge's chapter entitled The Nature of Faith.
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