This is an hymn by
John Newton, 1779, from Olney Hymns, Hymn 78 of Book 1, entitled On one stone shall be seven eyes. Meter is 87. 87. 11. ( 87. 87. 47). Biblical basis of stanzas: 1 – Zechariah 3:9; 3 – Matthew 3:17; 4 – 1 Timothy 3:16; 5 – John 12:31; 6 – John 3:15; 7 – 1 Peter 2:7; 8 – Psalm 118:22; and 9 – Revelation 1:7.
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1. Jesus Christ, the Lord’s anointed,
Who his blood for sinners spilt;
Is the Stone by God appointed,
And the church is on him built:
He delivers all who trust him from their guilt.
2. Many eyes at once are fixed
On a person so divine;
Love, with aweful justice mixed,
In his great redemption shine:
Mighty JESUS! give me leave to call thee mine.
3. By the Father’s eye approved,
Lo, a voice is heard from heaven,
“Sinners, this is my Beloved,
For your ransom freely given:
All offenses, for his sake, shall be forgiven.”
4. Angels with their eyes pursued him,
When he left his glorious throne;
With astonishment they viewed him
Put the form of servant on:
Angels worshiped him who was on earth unknown.
5. Satan and his host amazed,
Saw this stone in Zion laid;
Jesus, though to death abased,
Bruised the subtle serpent’s head:
When to save us, on the cross his blood he shed.
6. When a guilty sinner sees him,
While he looks his soul is healed;
Soon this sight from anguish frees him,
And imparts a pardon sealed:
May this Savior be to all our hearts revealed!
7. With desire and admiration,
All his blood–bought flock behold;
Him who wrought out their salvation,
And enclosed them in his fold:
Yet their warmest love, and praises, are too cold.
8. By the eye of carnal reason
Many view him with disdain;
How will they abide the season
When he’ll come with all his train:
To escape him then they’ll wish, but wish in vain.
9. How their hearts will melt and tremble
When they hear his aweful voice;
But his saints he’ll then assemble,
As his portion and his choice;
And receive them to his everlasting joys.
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