I Sinned / My Advocate
Martha Snell Nicholson

The great twentieth century theologian, Karl Barth, once summed up the essence of the millions of words he had published with one truth: "Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so." The children's song captures a profound truth in a few simple words.

This poem by Martha Snell Nicholson does the same. I think this has been my greatest find in all the theology books I have read. After coming across it in Charles Ryrie's Basic Theology, I memorised it and have shared it repeatedly when others have needed the encouragement of forgiveness of sin. I share it with the hope that it will minister assurance of forgiveness to you.


I sinned. And straightway, posthaste, Satan flew
before the presence of the Most High God,
and made a railing accusation there.
He said, "This soul, this thing of clay and sod,
has sinned. 'Tis true that he has named Thy name,
but I demand his death, for Thou hast said,
"The soul that sinneth, it shall die."
Shall not Thy sentence be fulfilled? Is justice dead?
Send now this wretched sinner to his doom.
What other thing can Righteous Ruler do?"
And thus he did accuse me day and night,
and every word he spoke, O God, was true!

Then quickly One rose up from God's right hand,
before whose glory angels veiled their eyes,
He spoke, "Each jot and tittle of the Law
must be fulfilled; the guilty sinner dies!
But wait--suppose his guilt were all transferred
to Me, and that I paid his penalty!
Behold My hands, My side, My feet! One day
I was made sin for him, and died that he
might be presented faultless at Thy throne!"
And Satan fled away. Full well he knew
that he could not prevail against such love,
for every word my dear Lord spoke was true!

Grace Poured Out
Jesus at a Samaritan Well
Work of His Hands Spiritual refreshment


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