Wayne S. Walker“

Ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold…but with the precious blood of Christ ”(1 Peter 1:18-19).

     INTRO.:  A hymn which gives glory to Jesus because it is by His precious blood that we are redeemed is “Glory Be to Jesus.”  The text (“Viva! viva! Gesu, Che per mio bene”) is an Italian hymn attributed to S. Alfonso, possibly dating to the 18th Century and first appeared in Raccolta di Orazioni e Pie Opere colle Indulgenze, edited by Telesephoems Galli.  It was translated from Italian to English by Edward Caswall (1814-1878) in his 1857 Hymns for the Use of the Birmingham Oratory.  The tune (Wem in Leidenstagen or Bremerton) was composed by Friedrich Filitz, who was born on Mar. 16, 1804, at Arnstadt in Thuringia, Germany.  Known as a music critic and historian, he worked in Berlin from 1843-47, then moved to Munich. With Eck, he published a collection of sixteenth and seventeenth century chorales in 1845. His other works include Vierstimmiges Choralbuch herausgegeben von Dr. F. Filitz published at Berlin in 1847, which probably contained this tune.   Filitz died on Dec. 8, 1876, at Bonn, Germany.  While this hymn has not been included in any of our books, I have seen it in the 1961 Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church edited by Robert S. Marsden, and the 1974 Hymns for the Living Church from Hope Publishing Company edited by Donald P. Hustad , which also uses the same tune with William Pennefather’s hymn “Jesus, Stand Among Us.”

     The song emphasizes the importance of the blood of Christ to our redemption.

I. Stanza 1 points out that Jesus poured His blood for us
“Glory be to Jesus,
Who, in bitter pains,
Poured for me the lifeblood
From His sacred veins!”
 A. Jesus is the one whom God sent to save us from our sins: Matt. 1:21
 B. He experienced bitter pains as He learned obedience through the things which He suffered: Heb. 5:8
 C. His lifeblood was shed for the remission of our sins: Matt. 26:28

II. Stanza 2 points out that grace and life eternal are found in His blood
“Grace and life eternal
In that blood I find;
Blest be His compassion,
Infinitely kind.”
 A. He came to manifest the grace of God by which we are saved: Eph. 2:8
 B. Therefore, He offers life eternal to those who come to God by Him: Jn. 17:3
 C. All of this is possible because we have redemption through His blood: Eph. 1:7

III. Stanza 3 points out that His blood provides for the world’s redemption
“Blest through endless ages
Be the precious stream
Which from endless torments
Doth the world redeem.”
 A. The blood of Jesus is figuratively referred to as a stream because it flowed from Calvary to cleanse us from our sins: 1 Jn. 1:7
 B. The reason that this was necessary is that endless torments await those who are lost in sin: Lk. 16:23
 C. But Jesus came to redeem sinful mankind: Gal. 4:4-5

IV. Stanza 4 points out that His blood cried for our pardon
“Abel’s blood for vengeance
Pleaded to the skies;
But the blood of Jesus
For our pardon cries.”
 A. The blood of righteous Abel cried out for vengeance: Matt. 24:35
 B. However, God intended that the blood of Jesus should be shed to obtain eternal redemption: Heb. 9:14
 C. Therefore, pardon comes by His blood which makes it possible for us to be brought near to God: Eph. 2:13

V. Stanza 5 points out that His blood is worthy of praise
“Oft as earth exulting
Wafts its praise on high,
Angel hosts, rejoicing,
Make their glad reply.”
 A. The redeemed of earth from all ages praise Him by whom they have washed their robes: Rev. 7:9-15
 B. They are joined by the angel hosts who give power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing to Him who was slain: Rev. 5:11-12
 C. Their glad reply is to Him who washed us from our sins in His own blood: Rev. 1:4

VI. Stanza 6 points out that His blood is precious
“Lift we then our voices,
Swell the mighty flood;
Louder still and louder
Praise the precious blood!”
 A. We should lift our voices to God: Ps. 26:7
 B. It should be our desire to swell our sings like a mighty flood and grow even louder: Neh. 12:42
 C. Our aim should be to praise the precious blood by which Christ redeemed us: Rev. 5:8-9

     CONCL.:  There is one other stanza:
5. “Oft as it is sprinkled
On our guilty hearts,
Satan in confusion,
Terror struck, departs.”
Because of what our Lord accomplished for us through the shedding of His blood, it should be our aim both by word and deed we shall let others know “Glory Be to Jesus.”

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