Once I was bound by sin’s galling fetters

Once I was bound by sin’s galling fetters,
Chained like a slave I struggled in vain;
But I received a glorious freedom,
When Jesus broke my fetters in twain.
  Glorious freedom, wonderful freedom,
No more in chains of sin I repine!
Jesus the glorious Emancipator,
  Now and forever He shall be mine.
Freedom from all the carnal affections,
Freedom from envy, hatred and strife;
Freedom from vain and worldly ambitions.
Freedom from all that saddened my life.
Freedom from pride and all sinful follies,
Freedom from love and glitter of gold;
Freedom from evil temper and anger,
Glorious freedom, rapture untold.
Freedom from fear with all of its torments,
Freedom from care with all of its pain;
Freedom in Christ my blessed Redeemer,
He who has rent my fetters in twain.
Oladele Jegede

Mubi, Adamaws, Nigeria

The first time I was so much blessed by this song was at the Deeper Life Campus Fellowship Osun State Congress held at Osogbo. I can't remember the year precisely. Since. then, I have so much loved singing the song. I misplaced the booklet, but so happy to find the song online.

Victor Anosike

Abuja, Nigeria

My father had died recently. This was one song I would often hear him humming. For years I had tried to understand his unassuming life, humility and faith. Once when I was growing up, I had remarked to him that I did not think I could live as he lived. Now after he has died, I go off searching for the first time the song he so loved, and I am here treated to the secret of his totally convincing Christian life. This song altogether summed up his life. I am so grateful to God for such a powerful witness of the transforming power of Christ. It is possible to be totally free. What a rapture it is.

Rebo Ehwan

Jalingo, Taraba, Nigeria

After the break of my fast this evening the Holy Spirit ministered this song we used to sing in the choir about 40 years ago when I was in high school. I was only able to sing the first two lines of the first stanza of the song but got so excited singing it that I went searching for it in the Sacred Songs and Solos hymn book but couldn't find it there. The excitement was so intense that I went searching for it online and got it here! The joy I am experiencing is beyond my understanding. May it be that the Lord will use this experience as an opportunity for me to obtain my victory over all my weaknesses and shortcomings in Jesus name. Jesus is Lord over my life!

Ikechukwu okpalaukeje

Abuja, FCT, Nigeria

What a wonderful glorious emancipator. Jesus we love for setting free from the chains of sins.

Fabrice Robin

Valley Stream, New York, United States

Chained like a slave I struggled in vain, wow praise the Lord for Freeing us from our chains.

Erasmo Cantu

Austin, Texas, United States

Cool hymn.

Acho Godfrey

Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria

The first time I heard this song, it really broke me down, especially when I remembered how I struggled in vain (on my own) to be free from some terrible evil habits. The song reminded me of how Jesus broke the power of sin out of my life and Emancipated me. Praise to His dear name. Amen.


Glen Innes, NSW, Australia

Freedom from fear, what a wonderful blessing! The Lord has been working with me on this one for a while and I'm doing better with it.

Another thing I thought of when I read these lyrics this morning is that God frees us, but we have to choose to stay free and keep away from habits and things that will lead us back into bondage.

Amanda Sheh

Hong Kong

I cried when I first heard this hymn when I was in the summer training in Anaheim in the year of 2014. Praise the Lord, You are my Savior, thank You for everything You have done and will do to me. Such a beautiful song, I am free :D

Nelson Liu

Irvine, CA, United States

Glorious freedom!! Wonderful freedom!!

We need to see this truth clearly. Other than Jesus Christ, no one in heaven or on earth can accomplish such a complete salvation. On the negative side, He is the Lamb who redeems us and takes away our sinful deeds; on the positive side, He is also the dove who imparts God's life into us and solves the problem of our sinful nature. If we continually draw near to God, look to Him, pray to Him, and live according to His life in us, we will enjoy the full salvation of the Lamb and the dove. Then we will be able to declare, "Glorious freedom, wonderful freedom, / No more in chains of sin I repine! / Jesus the glorious Emancipator, / Now and forever He shall be mine, (Hymns, #310, chorus).

The Lord Jesus died on the cross for you, bearing your sins. Furthermore, He became the Spirit to enter into You to be your life and live in you. Your life is weak, and your nature is corrupt. Without the Lord entering into you, You may be able to act in a good way for a short time, but You will not be able to do this continually. You may be able to endure for three minutes, but You cannot endure for three days, because your life is corrupt. Hence, You truly need the Lord Jesus to solve your problem of sin and death.

Your problem of sin is solved by the death of the Lord Jesus on the cross; your problem of death is solved by the Lord Jesus entering into You to be your life and to live in you. He died for You to deal with your problem of sin, and He can live in You to solve your problem of death. As a sinner, You need the Lord Jesus to die for you, and as a weak and dead person, You need the Lord Jesus to live in you. His death deals with your sin, and His life deals with your death. He is such a Savior; He died for you, and He wants to live in you. He is a wonderful Savior. He not only died on the cross to deal with your sins; He also desires to enter into You to live in you. This will release You from death to be a person who is strong, full of life and power, and able to please God. Hymns, #310 speaks of this reality, saying, "Glorious freedom, wonderful freedom, / No more in chains of sin I repine! / Jesus the glorious Emancipator, / Now and forever He shall be mine."

Eighth, the content of the meetings must be living. The greatest lack among us is that when we read messages, we are very rigid and not at all living. When we read, at any time we should add prayer and the singing of hymns. We can also give testimonies, share our feelings, or fellowship some light at any time. We should not read on and on until people begin to nod off. If we use the way of fellowship, then we will be free and living. For example, when we read about being released, we can sing the hymn "Glorious freedom, wonderful freedom!" (Hymns, #310). In this way, the home meetings will be living and enlivening. Everyone will have such a good taste that they will look forward to the next meeting.