Naught have I gotten but what I received

Naught have I gotten but what I received;
Grace hath bestowed it since I have believed;
Boasting excluded, pride I abase;
I'm only a sinner saved by grace!
  Only a sinner saved by grace!
Only a sinner saved by grace!
This is my story, to God be the glory,
  I'm only a sinner saved by grace!
Once I was foolish, and sin ruled my heart,
Causing my footsteps from God to depart;
Jesus hath found me, happy my case;
I now am a sinner saved by grace!
Tears unavailing, no merit had I;
Mercy had saved me, or else I must die;
Sin had alarmed me, fearing God's face;
But now I'm a sinner saved by grace!
Suffer a sinner whose heart overflows,
Loving his Savior to tell what he knows;
Once more to tell it, would I embrace—
I'm only a sinner saved by grace!
Lungawiruol Khawbung

Leuven, Belgium

This Hymn touches the very heart of my soul. Whenever I listen I the deep love of Jesus in the face of all my wretched and filthy nature. I am always in awe of HIM.

Lungawiruol Khawbung

Churachandpur, Manipur, India

This classic hymn touches my soul in a very fresh way. It reminds me of the amazing love of Christ who humbled Himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross! so that a sinner like me will be saved. This is an amazing story of the assurance and the joy of our salvation.


Bradford, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Sweet memories. Thanks be to God for His great and marvellous saving grace.


Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

We can't make on our own, it's by the grace, the grace and the grace only.

I really like this hymn. It reminds me of home where we use to sing it in Swahili using the book of songs called "Nyimbo za Mungu" meaning songs for God.

Fortunately I took a book before leaving.

I've just discovered this website some minutes ago and I am really blessed. Thanks.

May Jesus bless you.



Valdosta, GA, United States

I really enjoyed singing and listening to this hymn. Recently I read the note from the writings of John: John 8: 3, and 1 John 1:

The one who is without sin - the Lord

The one who is qualified to condemn sin - the Lord

The one who is qualified to forgive sin - the Lord

The one who is able to set people free from sin - the Lord

The Lord is the self-existing, and ever-existing God, the great I AM, who was lifted up on the cross, to draw all man to Himself.

The eternal God, came into us to be life and light to deliver us from the bondage and darkness of sin (NT Recovery Version p. 403).

Amen, what can I say but saying, "I am only a sinner saved by Grace

This is my story, to God be the glory!".

Ivor Graham

Ballymoney, Co. Antrim, United Kingdom

What a wonderful experience to know - He hath made Him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 Cor. 5:21

Josh Toomey

Youngstown, Ohio, United States

Only a sinner saved by grace. While we were yet sinners Christ died for us and saved us by His wonderful grace! Praise God!

Dr. David P. Wilson

Pine Bush, NY, U.S.A.

These classic hymns stir the soul, revitalize the inner man, inspire godliness and impart strength for the journey. We need to be singing hymns in our churches like this every week! They will produce changed lives.

In the midst of the saints we should not be able to boast of anything. There is nothing special about elders and deacons. They are only brothers. The chorus of hymn #251 in Chinese says, "I am a sinner saved by grace!" We have no position to assume among the brothers and sisters. We are not a special class of people among them; we are sinners saved by grace. Although the elders and co-workers do not flaunt a difference among the saints, their attitude indicates that they are different from the brothers and that they are a little higher than the brothers. May the Lord have mercy on us. We need to remove such a situation from among us. If people who come to the church can tell who among us are the "bosses" and who are the "subordinates," it is to our shame. We must remove the concept of rank.