Great Father of glory

We sung Andrew King’s hymn  (Praise 795) to close yesterdays morning worship. It’s a wonderful treatment of the doctrine of Adoption. A number of people commented on how helpful it was. We sung it to the tune of Montgomery.

Great Father of glory, how rich is your grace,
what wonderful love is displayed in your face!
In Jesus your visible image we view,
and hope to be made in his likeness anew.

2. In Jesus we’re chosen, we’re washed in his blood;
our sins all forgiven, at peace with our God!
And more, we’re adopted; God’s sons we appear,
and led by the Spirit we boldly draw near.

3. The world knows us not, but in this we rejoice,
to God we’re not strangers, but sons of his choice;
his love from eternity gave us a home,
where now we are longing in safety to come.

4. To seal our adoption God sent from on high
his Spirit, through whom, ‘Abba, Father,’ we cry;
and yet, with creation, we wait eagerly
for final adoption and bodies set free.

5. All praise to our Saviour, who paid the great price,
he calls us his brothers, we’re co-heirs with Christ!
We’re sons of the Father, he calls us his own,
and what we shall be has not yet been made known.


2 thoughts on “Great Father of glory”

  1. Thank you for your mention, Paul. This one really needs a fuller attribution, though. While looking for material on adoption, and being a bit disappointed in much that I found, I had a look in the hymn book of my childhood and came across Stephens’ text…

    Great Father of glory, how rich is thy grace!
    What wonderful love is displayed in thy face!
    In Jesus thy image with brightness we view,
    And hope to be formed to that likeness anew.

    By favour adopted, thy sons we appear,
    And led by thy Spirit, we boldly draw near;
    In Jesus belovèd, and washed in his blood,
    With hope we adore at the footstool of God.

    The man who is blessèd with hope in the cross,
    Is freed from the bondage of guilt and the curse;
    The blood of his Surety by faith he reviews,
    While hope in that fountain his spirit renews.

    The world knows us not; but in this we rejoice,
    To God we’re no strangers, but objects of choice.
    His love from eternity gave us a home,
    Where now we are hoping in safety to come.

    Arrayed in obedience, all wrought by the Lamb,
    By Christ our Jehovah, the ancient I AM;
    With boldness we journey, while Christ leads us on,
    And hope soon in glory to praise the Three-One.

    243 in Gadsby’s

    I basically tweaked this so as to bring the matter of sonship more consistently to the fore, but I can’t claim to have “written the hymn” – and I think that in Praise and other books the dual authorship is noted. AK


    1. Hi Andrew, Really good to hear from you and I’ll repost this with what you’ve written. It’s strange that there is so little great hymnody on Adoption. Dave Garner has written a fantastic book that I’m currently reading on sons of the son, He was in our congregation on the day we sung this and was really taken with the hymn.


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