Thou art the everlasting Word

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Thou art the everlasting Word,
  The Father’s only Son,
God manifestly seen and heard,
  And heav’n’s beloved One:
Divine, O Son of God, art Thou,
In Thee God’s fulness find we now.
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In Thee most perfectly expressed
  The Father’s glories shine;
Of the full Deity possessed,
  Eternally divine:
Divine, O Son of God, art Thou,
In Thee God’s fulness find we now.
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True image of the Infinite,
  Whose essence is concealed;
Brightness of uncreated light;
  The heart of God revealed:
Divine, O Son of God, art Thou,
In Thee God’s fulness find we now.
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But the high mysteries of Thy Name
  An angel’s grasp transcend;
The Father only, glorious claim!
  The Son can comprehend:
Divine, O Son of God, art Thou,
In Thee God’s fulness find we now.
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Throughout the universe of bliss,
  The center, Thou, and sun;
Th’ eternal theme of praise is this,
  To heav’n’s beloved One:
Divine, O Son of God, art Thou,
In Thee God’s fulness find we now.
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Steve Miller

Detroit, MI

Josiah Conder was born in London, England to a bookseller, Thomas Conder. At the age of 13 he left school and entered his father's book-selling business but continued to educate himself. He became a good writer and wrote articles for magazines, produced a volume of poems, edited a Nonconformist newspaper, and also acted as a lay preacher. In 1836 he edited the "Congregational Hymn Book: a Supplement to Dr. Watts' Hymns and Psalms". In this collection he added 56 of his own hymns. At the time of his death he had prepared for the press a collection of all his hymns. His son published it and entitled it, "Hymns of Praise and Prayer and Devout Meditation." In the preface, his son wrote that many of his father's hymns are "transcripts of personal experience and add to the proofs so often given that God tunes the heart by trial and sorrow, not only to patience but to praise." - Songs of the Spirit by Martin

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In the original, the last 2 lines of each stanza say:

Worthy, O Lamb of God, art Thou

that every knee to Thee should bow.


Daniel Jackson

Reading, United Kingdom

So often in my concept the Lord Jesus is somehow less than God, or only a part of the Godhead. However, this is not the case! This song makes it so clear:

"Divine, O Son of God, art Thou, In Thee God's fulness find we now."

The Lord Jesus is fully divine - fully God. When we touch Christ, we get God's fulness!