Just as I am

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This popular hymn text is a beautiful reminder that salvation has nothing to do with us and everything to do with God. We come to Christ for mercy without one plea, without anything we can offer on our behalf, and full only of rebellious and self-glorifying ways. This hymn writer certainly understood God's sovereignty in salvation - we see the doctrine of irresistible grace in the phrase "since you called I cannot flee". An original chorus was added that summarizes the theme of all of the verses - that we come with our sin and shame to the Lamb.


Just as I am - without one plea
But that Your blood was shed for me,
And since You called I cannot flee,
O Lamb of God, I come.

Just as I am - and waiting not
To rid my soul of one dark blot,
To You, whose blood can cleanse each spot,
O Lamb of God, I come.

Just as I am, with all my sin and shame
I come to Christ - there is no other name.
He can forgive because He is the Lamb
And chose to love me just as I am.

Just as I am - You will receive,
And welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
Because Your promise, I believe,
O Lamb of God, I come.

Just as I am - Your love unknown,
It’s piercing rays my sin has shown.
Now, to be Yours, and Yours alone,
O Lamb of God, I come.

Words by Charlotte Elliott (1789-1871) and David Ward. Music by David L. Ward.
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I really like it. It brings out the reality that I can stand before Christ with all my ugly sin and not hide behind a wall of sin.
I don't remember ever singing this song in service. Could we?
» Jessica on September 20th, 2008

This is one of my favorites by far. What a beautiful composition
I am having a friend convert the guitar music to piano so we can sing it as a congregation
God bless
» Edwin on August 30th, 2009
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