And Can It Be?
Verse 2 (Alternate Lyrics)
Verse 2 alternate lyrics by Evangel Bible Church of Berkeley.
The phrase "emptied Himself" by itself is correct in the sense that Christ emptied Himself of certain divine prerogatives or powers (Philippians 2:7) in His "kenosis" or His leaving His heavenly glory to take on human flesh in the incarnation. This is different than the "becoming nothing" in certain songs (like Once Again or Your Love Is Amazing) or in the NIV, which is a poor translation of that verse.
However, "emptied Himself of all but love" is not technically correct because Christ didn't empty Himself of ALL divine prerogatives or powers EXCEPT love. I think we all can sing the phrase without getting stumbled in this theological point, but it does fall short under closer and more technical scrutiny.
Words by Charles Wesley. Music by Thomas Campbell.
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