Philip Paul Bliss ~ 1838 - 1876

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 Philip P. Bliss’ Spiritual Legacy

· Bliss was in fact a poetic interpreter, translator, and song writer underscoring the biblical and evangelistic truths that D. L. Moody expounded. Only eternity will give the appropriate perspective about the impact of Bliss’ ministry that made such an amazing history-changing impact of the spiritual responses in the climate of the day. His influence crossed the ocean with Moody and Sankey as the music was widely published and distributed in song sheets in England. Had he lived he might well have become to Moody what Bev Shea has been to Billy Graham.

· He published four Gospel Song Books with dozens of his own songs (using mostly a combination of words and music --- unique to this day.) (He published about 300 songs between 1871 - 1876! [See Thomas E. Corts’ evaluation on pages 66-69  of his BLISS AND TRAGEDY ~ The Ashtabula Railway-Bridge Accident of 1876 and the Loss of P.  P. Bliss published in 2003.]

· Bliss was a genius at wedding biblical tunes with truths that are in simple common man’s vocabulary that made ready, practical, and memorizable spiritual applications to the spiritual needs of the post-Civil War cultural climate of the day. They can minister even now to anyone with spiritual receptivity to biblical truth in their personal devotional life.

· Bliss has had an enduring influence on the hymns and gospel songs that have shaped spiritual lives and devotion for over 130 years. At least 10 to15 of his songs are still recognizable, remembered, and appear in many hymnals before the current phase of contemporary era of worship.


· The simple titles of his most enduring songs written between 1870-1876 can take you from an introduction to Jesus Christ as Savior for our life on planet earth all the way to our eternal destiny at peace with Christ in Heaven.

1. "The Light of the World Is Jesus" (1875) ~ John 8:12; 14:6; & Matthew 5:16

2. View Him as the "Man of Sorrows" (1875) ~ Isaiah 53:3-12; Matthew 28:25

3. Recognize that Jesus Christ deserves to be "My Redeemer". (Poem 1876) Ephesians 1:6-7; Titus 2:14 [Note: The lyrics of this song were shipped ahead to Chicago before the tragedy.]

4. Join in a joyous affirmation that any believer can share with family and friends about the "Wonderful Words of Life" (1874)  John 14:6; John 6:63; John 6:68

5. To the amazing truth that "Jesus Loves Even Me". (1870) John 14:21; John 3:16; Romans 5:8; Proverbs 8:17

6. Through an awareness of our spiritual responsibility to "Let the Lower Lights Be Burning" for those we meet who need to see Christ in us. (1871) Matthew 5:16; Luke 12:3-5; Philippians 2:15

7. To the healthy and appropriate assurance of salvation, "Once for All". (1873) Galatians 3:13; 1 John 5:10-13

8. To a challenging devotional prayer: "More Holiness Give Me!" (1873) 2 Timothy 2:8-9; 2 Peter 3:11 & 14; Ephesians 4:12-13; Psalm 19:14

9. To a confident witness that "Whosoever Will May Come"! (1870) Revelation 22:17

10. To an urgent and thoughtful call to decision to accept Christ --- "Almost Persuaded.." (1871) Acts 26:28

11. And finally, in the last year of his life, Bliss wrote the music for an all-time favorite truth when one is at peace with God and ready to meet Him at life’s end --- "It is Well With My Soul." (1876) Job 1:21; 2 Timothy 4:6-8  [Poem written by H. G. Spafford  in 1873.]

[Judged by some to be in the top five of the five most influential hymns in recent history along with: "Amazing Grace," "What A Friend," "Silent Night," and "How Great Thou Art" with "It Is Well With My Soul" being number two on the list.]

 As we look back at this amazing story we are left with this word picture to contemplate: "Professor Bliss was seen by a passenger whose life was spared, sitting in a car by the side of his wife, with his open Bible on his knee, and both seemed intently engaged in the study of the Sacred Word, while he was composing a Bible song which earth was never to hear; and this is the last we know of them in the body." (William Guest - P.P. Bliss Songwriter, Ambassador Productions, page 150)

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