1 Had we not sinned, there would be no gospel;
had we not sinned, there would be no cleansing blood
no fear to bind us, no guilty past behind us,
we'd be free to walk in righteousness and always do good.

2 Were we not lost, there would be no purpose
in sending Christ to redeem us from our sin;
no need to save us from the habits that enslave us,
we'd be free to walk in fellowship, obedient to him.
Though we may resist temptation there are times when we yield,
leaving guilt which time alone cannot erase;
but in the gospel, a righteousness from God is revealed
and we are justified freely by his grace!
For all have sinned and fall short of God's glory,
yet we are cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ;
and we are called to the obedience that comes by faith,
and made holy by the Saviour's sacrifice.

3 We too have sinned, and we face a judgement
the wrath of God at the wickedness on earth;
when we should fear him, though we even fail to hear him,
still the love of God keeps telling us how much we are worth.

4 Though we were lost, God had every purpose
in sending Christ to redeem us from our sin.
Now Christ has saved us from the passions that depraved us;
and we're free to walk in fellowship, obedient to him.
And without his Holy Spirit we would fall once again,
through the habits that still plague us from the past.
But in the gospel, a righteousness from God is revealed
and it's a righteousness by faith from first to last.
For all have sinned and fall short of God's glory,
yet we are cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ;
and we are called to the obedience that comes by faith,
and made holy by the Saviour's sacrifice.

Geoff Twigg (born 1951) from Romans 1-6
© 1993 Geoffrey Twigg/Jubilate Hymns Ltd