My favourite Christian song: And Can It Be That I Should Gain

This is my all-time favorite Christian song. It’s a hymn. The melody is not contemporary so it gets some getting used to. But once you get used to it, it’s beautiful. And the lyrics are so meaningful. This is the kind of song I like to sing. All about God’s love. All about Christ’s death. All about the gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s really a moving song. I wish more churches (especially charismatic ones) sang it. It’s normally sung in non-charismatic churches and with the organ but I love it when it’s sung to contemporary instruments – though I’ve only ever heard it like that once and that was 10 years ago.

And can it be that I should gain
An interest in the Savior’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
Amazing love! How can it be
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

‘Tis mystery all! The Immortal dies:
Who can explore His strange design?
In vain the firstborn seraph tries
To sound the depths of love divine
‘Tis mercy all! Let earth adore
Let angel minds inquire no more.
‘Tis mercy all! Let earth adore
Let angel minds inquire no more.

He left His Father’s throne above
So free, so infinite His grace
Emptied Himself of all but love
And bled for Adam’s helpless race
‘Tis mercy all, immense and free
For O my God, it found out me!
‘Tis mercy all, immense and free
For O my God, it found out me!

Long my imprisoned spirit lay
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light
My chains fell off, my heart was free
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.
My chains fell off, my heart was free
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.

No condemnation now I dread
Jesus, and all in Him, is mine
Alive in Him, my living Head
And clothed in righteousness divine
Bold I approach the eternal throne
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.
Bold I approach the eternal throne
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.

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