Jesus Paid it All

For as much as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot (1 Peter 1:18-19).

Jesus Paid it All is a simple yet eloquent presentation of the Gospel in song. I have known the hymn since my childhood, like many of the hymns in my heart. It was a song I learned before even knowing what the lyrics conveyed. The value of any so-called Christian song can be measured in how it reflects God’s word. Jesus Paid it All does well.

The Bible says it clearly in Romans 3:23, For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Earlier in verses 10 through 12 the Bible says As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: there is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. We are all guilty of sin; enmity between us and a righteous God. You may still say you have not sinned but Romans 5:12 says differently, Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned. We are born with a sinful nature; the natural result of our sin is death and hell.

Yet there is hope. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life (Rom 5:8-10). Without an atonement for sin we are doomed; Christ made that atonement through his death on the cross. For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Rom 6:23).

The second verse of this hymn is perhaps my favorite, stating the theme of Isaiah 1:18, Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. The third verse echoes the washing of sins and reminds me of Revelation 7:14b says These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Christ was born as a man to die so that we could be forgiven, and free. He is calling you. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost (Luke 19:10). For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16). Romans 10:9 says That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Yet sadly we are also told that unless put our belief in Christ we are already condemned to death and hell by our sin. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God (John 3:17-18). If you have not will you call upon Christ now?

Elvina Hall wrote the poem Jesus Paid it All in 1865. Somehow the wife of John T. Grape, a Methodist choir director came in possession of Ms. Hall’s poem and in 1866 gave to her husband. John Grape’s pastor, George Schreko, convinced Grape to play the words with a song he had written called All to Christ I Owe. The words and music were a perfect match. Jesus Paid it All was first published in 1868.

I hear the Savior say,
“Thy strength indeed is small;
Child of weakness, watch and pray,
Find in Me thine all in all.”

Chorus: Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

For nothing good have I
Whereby Thy grace to claim,
I’ll wash my garments white
In the blood of Calv’ry’s Lamb.

And now complete in Him
My robe His righteousness,
Close sheltered ’neath His side,
I am divinely blest.

Lord, now indeed I find
Thy power and Thine alone,
Can change the leper’s spots
And melt the heart of stone.

When from my dying bed
My ransomed soul shall rise,
“Jesus died my soul to save,”
Shall rend the vaulted skies.

And when before the throne
I stand in Him complete,
I’ll lay my trophies down
All down at Jesus’ feet.

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One Response to Jesus Paid it All

  1. I want this song at my funeral. If Jesus doesn’t come first

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