For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God
As a counterbalance to Monday’s post, here are two Arminian writers takes on this beloved passage (a passage, I hasten to add, that Christians of any theological persuasion can rejoice in!) First, John Wesley’s “We Have No Outward Righteousness” (full lyrics here):
We have no outward righteousness, No merits or good works to plead; We only can be saved by grace; Thy grace, O Lord, is free indeed.
Also, Fanny Crosby’s “‘Tis Not By Works That We Have Done”:
‘Tis not by works that we have done, Our souls redeemed shall be; But by the blood of God’s dear Son, Who died on Calvary.
Chorus: By Grace are ye saved, By Grace are ye saved through faith, And that not of yourselves, It is the gift of God. By Grace are ye saved, By Grace are ye saved through faith, And that not of yourselves, It is the gift of God.
‘Tis not by works that we can do, Our righteousness is vain; But by what Christ Himself hath done, Eternal life we gain.
‘Tis not by works of ours, that we Can know our sins forgiv’n; But by the living word of Him Who pleads for us in heav’n.
‘Tis not our works, but Christ’s alone, Then rest thy anxious soul; For safe thou art on Him thy Rock While endless ages roll.
Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God
The Talbot Brothers’ song “No Longer Strangers” actually uses lyrics adapted from verses 11-19. But rather than copy half the chapter, I’ll highlight the verse from which the title is drawn.
By Grace I’m Saved, Grace Free and Boundless (Ephesians 2:5-9) Christian L. Scheidt Lyrics | Sheet Music