Original Key: Eb
Verse 1: Ab Eb Ab Bb In Christ alone my hope is found, Eb/G Ab Eb/G Fm7 Ab/Bb Eb He is my light, my strength, my song; Ab Eb Ab Bb This Cornerstone, this solid Ground, Eb/G Ab Eb/G Fm7 Ab/Bb Eb Firm through the fier - cest drought and storm. Eb/G Ab Eb/G Bbsus4 Bb What heights of love, what depths of peace, Eb/G Ab Cm7 Bbsus4 Bb When fears are stilled, when strivings cease! Ab Eb Ab Bb My Comforter, my All in All, Eb/G Ab Eb/G Fm7 Ab/Bb Eb Here in the love of Christ I stand. Link: Bbm7 Fm7 Eb Ebsus4 Eb Verse 2: Ab Eb Ab Bb In Christ alone! - who took on flesh, Eb/G Ab Eb/G Fm7 Ab/Bb Eb Fullness of God in helpless babe! Ab Eb Ab Bb This gift of love and righteousness, Eb/G Ab Eb/G Fm7 Ab/Bb Eb Scorned by the ones He came to save: Eb/G Ab Eb/G Bbsus4 Bb Till on that cross as Jesus died, Eb/G Ab Cm7 Bbsus4 Bb The wrath of God was satisfied Ab Eb Ab Bb For every sin on Him was laid; Eb/G Ab Eb/G Fm7 Ab/Bb Eb Here in the death of Christ I live. Verse 3: Ab Eb Ab Bb There in the ground His body lay, Eb/G Ab Eb/G Fm7 Ab/Bb Eb Light of the world by darkness slain: Ab Eb Ab Bb Then bursting forth in glorious day Eb/G Ab Eb/G Fm7 Ab/Bb Eb Up from the grave He rose again! Eb/G Ab Eb/G Bbsus4 Bb And as He stands in victory Eb/G Ab Cm7 Bbsus4 Bb Sin's curse has lost its grip on me, Ab Eb Ab Bb For I am His and He is mine Eb/G Ab Eb/G Fm7 Ab/Bb Eb Bought with the precious blood of Christ. Verse 4: Ab Eb Ab Bb No guilt in life, no fear in death, Eb/G Ab Eb/G Fm7 Ab/Bb Eb This is the power of Christ in me; Ab Eb Ab Bb From life's first cry to final breath, Eb/G Ab Eb/G Fm7 Ab/Bb Eb Jesus commands my des tin y. Eb/G Ab Eb/G Bbsus4 Bb No power of hell, no scheme of man, Eb/G Ab Cm7 Bbsus4 Bb Can ever pluck me from His hand; Ab Eb Ab Bb Till He returns or calls me home, Eb/G Ab Eb/G Fm7 Ab/Bb Eb Here in the power of Christ I'll stand!
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Stuart Townend spoke to WeAreWorship about the birth of the most enduring hymn of its generation.
The song got written in an unexpected way. Keith Getty and I were at a conference together and a mutual friend said we should get together. He’d said how great Keith was at writing melodies and he probably said some nice things about how I write lyrics, and so we met for a coffee. Nothing partic-ularly eventful happened but Keith said he’d send me a CD with some of his song ideas.
When it arrived I wasn’t expecting anything much from it. But as soon as I heard the first song – which was just him on the piano, playing the melody in the right hand – I thought there was something about it, something quite profound.
It was a classic melody, with that eternal, enduring aspect. I was getting to like it more and more and wondering what the song could be about. I phoned Keith and subsequently thought ‘this is a song about Jesus’ life, death and resurrection and what that means for us.’
When I started to write the lyrics it got more and more exciting, and I got more and more emotional. I began to try and put into words what it means for Christ to have gone through what he went through, what that means for me and how that completely changes my life.
I sent the lyrics to Keith and he liked them and he suggested changing the first line. I’d started with the words My hope is found in Christ alone, but he thought it would be great if the song began with the phrase In Christ alone. I was slightly against it because I had this rhyme scheme going in the verse and didn’t want to mess it up. I was slightly irritated, but the more I thought about it the more I thought ‘yes that would probably be stronger’, so I moved it around.
I actually think it was a stroke of genius because now the song is known as In Christ Alone, it’s where the song begins, it’s the statement you make and it’s the first thing you sing. So I think that it made the song so much stronger as a result.
The song started slowly in terms of my writing. Sometimes you’re just trying to find your way with the first verse, trying to find the key theme. The second verse was about his life and going to the cross, but I think that by the third verse I was thinking about the moment of resurrection. The melody was so powerful, so suggestive of that, and it was at that point I began to be really caught up in the song. It kind of meant that the fourth verse just spilled out, with me saying ‘wow, this is what the cross and resurrection means: to change is everything.’
That’s the power of the song – it points to what Christ went though. We get to stand before him not because of our great faith or because doing well as a Christian, but purely and simply because of what he has done. That’s why the song is helpful. That’s why it means something.