And Can It Be (Modern Melody)

Key - G

Verse 1

G
And can it 
D/F#
be that 
Am
I should 
Em
gain
An 
C
interest 
G
in the 
C
Savior's 
D
blood?
G
Died He for 
D
me, who 
F
caused His 
C
pain--
For 
Am
me, who 
G/B
Him to 
C
death pur
D
sued?
A
G
mazing 
D/F#
love! How 
C
can it 
G
be,
That 
Em
Thou, my 
G
God, should 
C
die for 
D
me?

Chorus

G
Amazing 
D/F#
love! How 
Am
can it 
Em
be,
That 
C
Thou my 
G/B
God, should 
C
die 
D
for 
G
me?

Verse 2 (Alternate Lyrics)

He left His Father's throne above
So free, so infinite His grace--
Humbled Himself, how great His love!
And bled for Adam's helpless race:
'Tis mercy all, immense and free,
O praise my God, it reaches me!

Verse 3

Long my imprisoned spirit lay,
Fast bound in sin and nature's night;
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray--
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.

Verse 4

No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in Him, is mine;
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine,
Bold I approach the eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.

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.