Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Father we will ever Praise (From the 16th Century Anabaptist Ausbund)

Written by George Wagner, who was burned alive in 1527 A.D. for the testimony of Yeshua.

Verse 1:

The Father we will ever praise, Who us redemption brought;

In heaven high our thanks will raise, through Christ’s death we are bought,

Whom God hath us in mercy giv’n From sin to reconcile;

That we by faith should live in Him, As His obedient child.

Verse 2:

In His Son, God has left us here Example we should heed,

That in like fashion, we with fear, Should suffer patiently,

As us enjoins the Word of God, To help Christ bear reproach;

In Hebrews it to us is taught, Through God, the Holy Ghost.

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