In Christ Alone – Stuart Townend, Keith Getty

In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
this Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone! who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones he came to save:
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied –
For every sin on Him was laid;
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave he rose again!
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine –
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath.
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.

– Stuart Townsend, Keith Getty

The song and video are here.  The story behind the song is here.

When I first heard this, I thought it was an historic hymn of our faith with more contemporary styling, until I read the story of how it came about. I’ve also found out that it was sung at a denominational Christian convention and the lyrics were modified in that setting. From the second verse, the words “The wrath of God was satisfied-” were changed to “the price of sin was satisfied”. How sad. That’s not unlike when, years ago, words to the hymn Amazing Grace were changed from “Saved a wretch like me” to simply “Saved someone like me”.

Why do I find that incredibly sad, you ask? When clear biblical teaching is tampered with and modified so that it becomes more ‘palatable’ or non-offensive, when we soften the ‘hard’ truth about the nature of the unregenerate and what Christ actually accomplished on the Cross, at a minimum we have cut out the ‘heart of the matter’.  Far more seriously, we have tampered with the very sovereignty and glory of God!

19 responses to “In Christ Alone – Stuart Townend, Keith Getty

  1. Hey! That was great to read how this song came to be written…

    The first time i heard it i cried…since then its become my testimony.

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  2. i really love this song it brought me so much tears to my eyes and i was actually sobbing and the video was even so much greater seeing the passion of the CHRIST in the background it was really heart quenching and the anointing was so powerful that i was praising and worshiping my GOD at the same time so JESUS and i thank you for making this video and tomorrow i will sing it at the church my husband and i are ministering at we have our own ministry and this song was in my spirit to sing tomorrow january 11 and i do know a lot of souls will be blessed so to GOD be all the glory and thank you once again and GOD bless all of you SHALOM.

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  3. I heard and sang ths great hymn for the first time today. I could barely hold myself togther, it was so moving. It is the new anthem of my life.

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  4. We sang it in chapel yesterday also on Ft. Carson. We were actually blessed to see the Getty’s in concert here in Colorado Springs! Magnificent is just to small a word for their perfoamance!

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  5. I have just landed on this song this year….Grrr…i always seem to be the last person to know. I love this song wish i could learn all the words by heart and blaze the bathroom walls down in the mornings.-Acidri’s Blog

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  6. When I first heard it, I immediately thought of ‘Be Thou My Vision’ and thought it must be an older doctrine filled hymn I had not heard before. Then I found out more about it and the songwtiters.

    We got to see the Gettys here in Colorado Springs in concert a few months back and it was awesome!

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  7. Thanks for your helpful comments on the changing of the words. I was struggling with this last week at a conference – and refused to sing the amended words, instead belting out the original words! It’s a great song, as are most of the other songs being written by Getty and Townend.

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  8. Gentlemen: The Power of the Cross is being sung constantly in our church and I feel that the wording: “Christ became sin for us” implies or to me directly says that Christ at one time was sin. Please see 2 Cor. 5:21 and note that Christ never sinned or became sin. Other scripture backs this up. I am only a pew sitting, regular church going Christian; but I have strong feelings about anyone saying, writing, singing or doing anything that implies that Christ was not perfect. I place my one vote that this wording be removed from this song. Thank You for Your Attention. In Bonds of Christian Love, Russell D. (R. D.) Moon email: dathern@att.net

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  9. “2Co 5:21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

    I think that our passage states clearly that Christ was perfect, that “he knew NO sin” but that God made him to be sin for us. In other words, our sin was imputed to Christ, who took our punishment, that we might have the perfect righteousness of Cirist accounted to us when we trust in the Son for our salvation.

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  10. This is six years later from your last comment, so maybe that explains why I cannot use the last link you shared for the story behind the song. Thank you for sharing.
    This is one of the most popular new hymns sung in churches today.

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