The Lord Is One

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A hymn on the unity of God from the series of hymns titled "The Lord Is"


The Lord is One, the only God—the Father, Son, and Spirit;
Each one unique, yet fully God, astounding all who hear it.
From all eternity
He has been One in Three,
Each filling His own role
Yet still divinely whole.
I must respond with wonder.

The Lord has now revealed Himself—the fullness of His glory
Through the Incarnate Word, His Son, found in the gospel story:
The Father did ordain
The Son to bear my blame,
The Spirit did impart
New life into my heart
That I might know and love Him.

The Lord will, through the Spirit, dwell eternally within me
That I might, heart and mind and strength, give God all praise and glory.
From every tribe on earth,
Those given second birth
Are gathered into one,
Confessing Christ the Son
Unto the Father's glory.

By Eric Schumacher & David L. Ward
© 2010

Scripture References

Reference format: A.B.C where A = Hymn number, B = Stanza number, C = Line number
1.1.1a Deuteronomy 6:4 "The LORD our God, the LORD is one" Jude 25 "To the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever"
1.1.1b Matthew 28:19 "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit"
1.1.2a Colossians 2:9 "In [Jesus] the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily" 1 Corinthians 3:16 & 6:19 "You are God’s temple and God’s Spirit dwells in you ... your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God"
1.1.3 Revelation 4:8 "Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!"
1.2.2a Hebrews 1:3 "[The Son] is the radiance of the glory of God [the Father] and the exact imprint of his nature"
1.2.3 Acts 2:23 "[Jesus was] delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God [and was] crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men"
1.2.4 Isaiah 53:5 "[Jesus] was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.
1.2.5-6 John 6:63 "It is the Spirit who gives life"
1.2.7 1 Peter 1:3,7,8 "[The Father] has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead ... [so that your faith] ... may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him."
1.3.1 John 14:17 "[The Spirit] dwells with you and will be in you"
1.3.2 Mark 12:30 "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength." Ezekiel 36:27 "I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules."
1.3.4-5 Revelation 5:9-10 "You [Jesus] were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth."
1.3.6-7 Philippians 2:9-11 "Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."


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Brother David, this series is wonderful, and lyrically it captures the essential tenets of the Trinity. There are few hymns traditionally that have done this well or deliberately. Thank you for filling in the void.

What a bold but very rewarding and pleasurable placement of this hymn to the tune of "A Mighty Fortress." It's Great! Also, I must add, the alternate tune #2 is a wonderful tune, I look forward to leading our fellowship to it, but I am torn between using it or the "Mighty Fortress" tune. Either way should prove edifying.

Can you tell me if the same words (as shown above) should be used for Alternate Tune #2, because the download has different words?

Thanks, you all do a wonderful job.

» Shannon Rucker on November 8th, 2010


Thanks for your feedback. The lyrics in the tune PDFs match the introductory stanza and are meant simply to show you where to put syllables. Feel free to use any of the 15 hymn texts to any of the three tunes, disregarding the lyrics on the actual PDFs.

» David Ward on November 8th, 2010
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