For God so loved the world He gave,
His banner he unfurled in love,
Upon the rugged cross His Son;
Wasted to save us from our sin.
O depth of grace how can it be?
That Jesus Christ should die for me!
For God so loved the world He sent,
The fulness of HIs wrath He spent,
Upon His one and only Son;
That we from evil should return,
Unquenchable, flame of love,
That God in grace, to us should give.
For God so loved the World He chose,
Fetching a people to the cross,
Whom he would sovereignly, lovingly draw;
Even though they had broken His law,
Forgiving, cleansing, making pure,
In sovereign grace and mighty power.
For God so loved the world he shone,
In inky darkness, made Himself known,
Sovereign, eternal, victorious in love;
His glory shone from heaven above,
In Jesus Christ, God’s holy Son,
Saving His people and making them one.
(Tune: Eaton; 88. 88. 88)
(© James R Hamilton, written 21st, March, 2014)