Hymn 07

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The Reign of Grace

. . . so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through
righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 5:21).

Hymn Text

1. For the church Jesus died,
Shed His blood for His bride,
Saved by righteousness unto holiness
That He might be glorified.

2. Hope procured; gone the shame;
Mine the crime, His the blame.
Priest of endless life made one sacrifice,
Grace now reigns thru Jesus’ name.

Grace now reigns!
Death is done,
For it died in the Son;
From the battle grim there now flows from Him
Gifts of grace that He has won.

3. From the curse we are saved,
No more fear of the grave,
So for Christ to live all my heart I give
Unto righteousness a slave.

Christ now reigns!
Death is done,
Robe of righteousness spun;
Crushed the serpent’s head, even as He bled,
Mercy’s role has now begun.



“The Reign of Grace” was written and composed by Tom Nettles, professor of historical theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. The hymn focuses on the person and work of Christ, in whom all spiritual blessings are ours.

Verses one and two speak of the finality of Christ’s work for His people. In Hebrews 10:11-14 we are told:

And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.

The grace of imputed righteousness, in which alone we stand as counted right before God, brings with it the joy of an ever-increasing holiness.

Verse three points to the fulfillment of God’s promise in Genesis 3:15

And I will put enmity between you and the women and between your seed and her Seed:

He shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel.

Our Redeemer has not only saved us from the death and the condemnation due our sin, He has, by His one sacrifice, dealt the fatal blow to the enemy of our souls.

Words and Music © 2005 Tom J. Nettles

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