From Bondage to Freedom
1. Oh, the gospel is power from heaven,
    To salvation from sin, for all those
Who believe God can do what He’s promised:
    “In the desert shall blossom the rose.”

2. An accused woman stood before Jesus,
    “Go your way, sin no more,” He replies.
This is more than mere legal forgiveness,
    It is soul-cleansing pow’r from the skies.

3. He is able to keep us from falling,
    And to make us without fault or blame.
In the sight of His holy commandments,
    We can walk without spot, without stain.

4. Sin shall not have dominion upon us;
    All its power is broken and dead.
We’ve a life that is greater and higher,
    From the Seed that has bruised Satan’s head.

5. Then rejoice in this present salvation,
    Thanks to God for the vict’ry within!
For the weakest believer in Jesus
    Can now live ev’ry day without sin.


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Fred WrightThe inspiration for this song came from a study on the basic Gospel message that Fred Wright used to present, and which was later written up in the book, From Bondage to Freedom.

Fred would reiterate to us the importance of learning the promises of victory and new life, and of meditating upon them until they “became ours” (ie. until we believed them and received from God the spiritual power that was in those words). He would usually recite from memory a half dozen promises from the Bible, and then encourage us to also look for others.

In this song, I’ve tried to put some of those basic promises together in a way that shows their unified message: that through the Gospel, Christ offers to give us a life and power that is stronger than the power of sin. It is a radical change. As Fred used to say, “we are not just people with new ideas, we are NEW people!”

The verses referred to in the song are:

“1. Oh, the gospel is power from heaven,”

Romans 1
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

“To salvation from sin, for all those”

Matthew 1
21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.

“Who believe God can do what He’s promised:”

Romans 4
20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
21 And being fully persuaded that, what He had promised, He was able also to perform.

“In the desert shall blossom the rose.”

Isaiah 35
1 The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.

“2. An accused woman stood before Jesus,”
    “Go your way, sin no more, He replies.”

John 8
11 …And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn you: go, and sin no more.

“This is more than mere legal forgiveness,”

Romans 8
3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh.

“It is soul-cleansing pow’r from the skies.”

Isaiah 55
10 For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and returns not there, but waters the earth, and makes it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
11 So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

“3. He is able to keep us from falling,”

Jude 1
24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.

“And to make us without fault or blame.”

1 Thessalonians 5
23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
24 Faithful is he that called you, who also will do it.

“In the sight of His holy commandments,”

Romans 3
21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference.

“We can walk without spot, without stain.”

2 Peter 3
14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that you look for such things, be diligent that you may be found of Him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

4. Sin shall not have dominion upon us;

Romans 6
14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under grace.

“All its power is broken and dead.”

Romans 6
7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.

“We’ve a life that is greater and higher,”

1 John 4
4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.

“From the Seed that has bruised Satan’s head.”

Genesis 3
15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; it shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.

“5. Then rejoice in this present salvation,”

Psalm 35
9 And my soul shall be joyful in the Lord: it shall rejoice in His salvation.

“Thanks to God for the vict’ry within!”

1 Corinthians 15
57 But thanks be to God, which gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

“For the weakest believer in Jesus”

2 Corinthians 12
9 And he said unto me, “My grace is sufficient for you: for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

“Can now live ev’ry day without sin.”

1 John 3
9 Whosoever is born of God does not commit sin; for His seed remains in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

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