Freed from the Law

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This is an adaptation of the nineteenth century hymn "Free from the Law, O Happy Condition" by Philip Bliss. While more lyrically substantive than most hymns of the Sunday School or Gospel Song period, the old hymn still retained the kind of sing-song tune that was popular during that era but that often sounds campy or trite today. The modern tune was set in bluegrass rhythm to convey a sense of lightness and freedom; freedom not to take ourselves too seriously but to simply sit out on the porch in a rocking chair with a big smile because we've been freed from the Law. If believers would meditate more on the freedom that they have from the law and its condemnation they would be a lot happier. Instead of trying to meet the law's demands to feel better about themselves or to "get on God's good side," they would be able to relax in grace and experience more of the love that God has for them, which would in turn motivate them to strive to obey the law as one under grace, not obligation. May this be our theme song now and into eternity: "Freed from the law once and for all."

Lyrics

Verse 1:
Freed from the law, O happy thought,
Our liberty by Jesus bought!
The curse is gone with all its guilt
For Jesus' precious blood was spilled.

Chorus:
Freed from the law, once and for all
Cling to the cross where burdens will fall.
Come find redemption, come and receive,
Come cease your striving, only believe.

Verse 2:
Freed from the law, regret and blame,
Through Jesus' strong and perfect name.
"Come unto me," O hear him call
To save the sinner once for all.

Verse 3:
Freed from the law, now slaves of grace
With his own strength to run this race.
And when we pass from death to life
Freed from this world we'll be with Christ.

By David L. Ward, based loosely on a hymn by Philip Bliss (1838-76)
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