“THE LORD JESUS CHRISTÂ—ALL IN ALL”
Colossians 2, 9. “In Him dwelleth all the fullness”
I need no other plea
With which to approach my God
Than His own mercy, boundless, free,
Through Christ on man bestowed,
A Father’s love, a Father’s care
Receives and answers every prayer.
I need no other priest
Than One High Priest above;
His intercession ne’er has ceased
Since first I knew His love;
Through that my faith shall never fail
E’en when I pass through death’s dark vale.
I need no human ear
In which to pour my prayer;
My great High Priest is ever near,
On Him I cast my care;
To Him, Him only, I confess,
Who can alone absolve and bless,
I need no works by me
Wrought with laborious care,
To form a meritorious plea
The bliss of heaven to share:
Christ’s finished work, through boundless grace,
Has there secured my dwelling place.
I need no prayers to saints,
Beads, relics, martyrs’ shrines;
Hardships ‘neath which the spirit faints,
Yet still, more burdened pines;
Christ’s service yields my soul delight,
Easy His yoke, His burden light.
I need no other book
To guide my steps to heaven,
Than that on which I daily look,
By God’s own Spirit given;
For this when He illumes our eyes,
Unto salvation makes us wise.
I need no holy oil
To anoint my lips in death;
No priestly power my guilt to assoil,
And ease my parting breath;
Long since, those words made fear to cease,
“Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace”.
I need no priestly mass,
No purgatorial fires,
My soul to anneal, my guilt to efface,
When this brief life expires.
Christ died my endless life to win,
His blood has cleansed me from all sin.
I need no other dress,
I urge no other claim,
Than His imputed righteousness;
In Him complete I am.
Heaven’s portals at that word fly wide,
No passport do I need beside.
Charlotte Elliott (1863).