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Re: [John_Lit] Re: Johnannine theology and hymnody

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  • Elizabeth Danna
    ... We sing the first of these frequently in my church, and I also know the second. ... Interesting idea - this one (which we also sing frequently in my
    Message 1 of 6 , May 3, 2002
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      Ramsey Michaels wrote:

      > One of the best "Johannine" verses I know is from "Hallelujah, What a
      > Savior," by Philip Bliss:
      >
      > "Lifted up was He to die;
      > 'It is finished!' was His cry;
      > Now in heaven exalted high.
      > Hallelujah! What a Savior!"
      >
      > Or the lines from Toplady's "Rock of Ages":
      >
      > "Let the water and the blood
      > >From Thy wounded side which flowed
      > Be of sin the double cure
      > Save from wrath and make me pure" (Or: Save me from its guilt and power).

      We sing the first of these frequently in my church, and I also know the second.

      > Speaking of which, notice William Cowper's line from "There is a Fountain
      > Filled With Blood":
      >
      > "The dying thief rejoiced to see that fountain in his day."
      >
      > I've wondered, did Cowper identify the witness of John 19:35 as Luke's
      > repentant thief. I don't know of any evidence from the Gospels that the
      > thief saw the flow of blood from Jesus' side, unless that is it.

      Interesting idea - this one (which we also sing frequently in my church) always
      suggested Luke to me. I never thought of a Johannine connection. Thanks to all
      who responded with helpful suggestions.

      Elizabeth Danna
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