He the Pearly Gates Will Open

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1 Love divine, so great and wondrous,
Deep and mighty, pure, sublime,
Coming from the heart of Jesus.
Just the same through tests of time!

He the pearly gates will open,
So that I may enter in;
For He purchased my redemption
And forgave me all my sin.

2 Like a dove when hunted, frightened.
As a wounded fawn was I;
Brokenhearted, yet He healed me.
He will heed the sinner's cry. [Chorus]

3 Love divine, so great and wondrous,
All my sins He then forgave;
I will sing His praise forever,
For His blood, His power to save. [Chorus]

4 In life's eventide at twilight,
At His door I'll knock and wait;
By the precious love of Jesus,
I shall enter heaven's gate. [Chorus]

Source: Baptist Hymnal 2008 #609

Author: Frederick A. Blom

Born: May 21, 1867, near En­köp­king, Swe­den. Died: May 24, 1927, Ud­de­val­la, Swe­den. Buried: In an unmarked grave in Ramneröds Cemetery, Uddevalla, Sweden. After em­i­grat­ing to Amer­i­ca in the 1890’s, Blom joined the Sal­va­tion Ar­my in Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois. Af­ter­wards, he at­tend­ed North Park Coll­ege and Sem­in­a­ry, then served as a min­is­ter in the Evan­gel­ic­al Co­ve­nant Church. How­ev­er, he fell away from the Gos­pel, and end­ed up in pri­son: "I drift­ed from God, and be­came em­bit­tered with my­self and the world." After leav­ing pri­son, Blom un­der­went a spir­it­u­al re­viv­al, and wrote the "He the Pear­ly Gates Will Open" to de­scribe his… Go to person page >

Translator: Nathaniel Carlson

Born: Ap­ril 17, 1879, Go­then­burg, Swe­den. Died: Au­gust 2, 1957, Min­ne­a­po­lis, Min­ne­so­ta. Carlson was ed­u­cat­ed at the Free Church Bi­ble School, Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois, and North­west Bi­ble Coll­ege, Storm Lake, Io­wa. He served as a pas­tor in the Evan­gel­ic­al Free Church, and ed­it­ed the Chi­ca­go­blad­et. The au­thor of ma­ny orig­in­al hymns and trans­la­tions, his works in­clude: Songs of Trust and Tri­umph (three edi­tions, 1929-32) --www.hymntime.com/tch/bio  Go to person page >



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