I previously used this song in a blog but it is so good I want to do it again!!
Charles Wesley was raised in a strict religious home and al0ng with his brother John they were “ working for the Lord”. Charles finally realized that working was not the path to salvation and by faith alone he accepted Christ . Two days later he wrote this hymn and almost did not publish it because he thought it described his own personal experience. He then realized that millions of believers have had the same experience and the words of the hymn help us see the connection we have to each other as sinners saved by the grace of God through faith alone!
In his book “The Serpent of Paradise” Erwin Lutzer talks about Satan as the god of this world who has blinded the minds of the unbelieving ( 2 Corinthians 4:4). It was when God opened the eyes of Charles Wesley to the light of the gospel that the power of darkness was overcome and the words of this great hymn were written.
If you want to understand why Martin Luther said , “ the Devil is God’s Devil”, I recommend this book . I purchased it at Hangers of Hope (thrift store) for almost nothing and it had never been read. The pages were clean and crisp and the person that gave it away missed a great blessing by not reading it!!!!
Read the words of this hymn and thank God that He can open blind eyes and change the heart of stone and He is in control of Satan's power!!
And Can it Be? ( Amazing Love How Can it Be? )
- And can it be that I should gain An int’rest in the Savior’s blood? Died He for me, who caused His pain— For me, who Him to death pursued? Amazing love! How can it be, That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
- Refrain: Amazing love! How can it be, That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?