Numai harul (‘Grace and mercy’). Nicolae Moldoveanu* (1922-2007).
This hymn, written in 1973, is the most familiar of Moldoveanu’s compositions. It was written immediately after a severe trial, when he discovered that not even all he had done for the Lord could serve as groundwork for the people of faith. It is based on a famous excerpt from the Biblical Pauline letter to the church in Ephesus (Eph. 2: 8-9), and captures the message that Jesus’ death on the cross alone is the foundational authority for faith in God. Recovering this truth allows believers throughout Christendom to reconnect with the root message of the Gospel: Christians stand firm through grace alone, and grace is...
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