Paul Speratus was a Roman Catholic priest imprisoned for openly preaching justification by faith alone. He was given the death sentence by King Ludwig but he was later released into permanent exile. Salvation unto Us has Come was written by Speratus in 1523. 1. Salvation unto us has come By God's free grace and favor; Good works cannot avert our doom, They help and save us never. Faith looks to Jesus Christ alone, Who did for all the world atone; He is our one Redeemer. 2. What God did in His Law demand And none to Him could render Caused wrath and woe on every hand For man, the vile offender. Our flesh has not those pure desires The spirit of the Law requires, And lost is our condition. 3. It was a false, misleading dream That God His Law had given That sinners should themselves redeem And by their works gain heaven. The Law is but a mirror bright To bring the inbred sin to light That lurks within our nature. 4. From sin our flesh could not abstain, Sin held its sway unceasing; The task was useless and in vain, Our gilt was e'er increasing. None can remove sin's poisoned dart Or purify our guileful heart,- So deep is our corruption. 5. Yet as the Law must be fulfilled Or we must die despairing, Christ came and hath God's anger stilled, Our human nature sharing. He hath for us the Law obeyed And thus the Father's vengeance stayed Which over us impended. 6. Since Christ hath full atonement made And brought to us salvation, Each Christian therefore may be glad And build on this foundation. Thy grace alone, dear Lord, I plead, Thy death is now my life indeed, For Thou hast paid my ransom.