Once I was bound by sin’s galling fetters

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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.
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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.
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Freedom from pride and all sinful follies,
Freedom from love and glitter of gold;
Freedom from evil temper and anger,
Glorious freedom, rapture untold.
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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.
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Rishie

Glen Innes, NSW, Australia

I've fallen into some sin in my life that I'm struggling to get free of. This song is a great reminder I can be free in Christ. Thank you Jesus for my liberty! I claim it right now in Jesus' name! Amen.


Eileen Lones

Decatur, Illinois, United States

This hymn came to my mind as I realized I was free of fear and guilt! I had been so afraid of the future since my husband was diagnosed with brain cancer and with massive medical bills. I then became fearful that I had not done God's will in helping fellow Christians who were in other types of bondages. I was so glad to find this site and the words and music of the song that was playing in my head and heart. I want to stay free so I can continue to have peace and thereby glorify my Lord Jesus Christ.


A Dust

Houston, TX, United States

The experience I had when I was saved by the Lord, even now I can still experience it whenever I turn from the world and the self to the Lord. Praise Him all my life!


Anonymous

London, United Kingdom

Once I was bound by sin's galling fetters,

Chained like a slave I struggled in vain;

But I receive a glorious freedom,

When Jesus broke my fetters in twain.

I had this exact experience until some Christians opened up the Scripture to me so I could receive Jesus and be set free. If anyone reading this is a captive of sin, as I was, Jesus can help you!

Hallelujah!


Marcia Flores

Calgary, AB, Canada

This song touched me so much. Even though I was saved at a young age, I never realized how much saving I need on a day to day, and even moment by moment basis. The Lord Jesus is our wonderful Triune-God Man-Savior, saving us from Satan, the world, and the self. May we learn to live by His life and experience true freedom in Him.


Paul Jimenez

Santa Monica, CA, U.S.A.

What a glorious Emancipator. He truly has set me free from all evils in the world. Oh Lord Jesus. Thank You!

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.