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The Story You Need To Know About The Blessed Assurance Hymn

Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine

Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine Hymn

The Blessed Assurance Hymn is one of the songs of faith that declares the faith we have in God. The text of the hymn was written in 1873 by a prolific hymn writer named Fanny Crosby. 

She is actually one of the most influential, well-known, and well-loved hymn writers in history. The text of the hymn is about the love and assurance we have in Jesus the saviour.

This faith-filled hymn is indeed dear to the hearts of millions of Christians worldwide. It has also inspired a lot of people, ranging from singers to people in the evangelistic field and theologians.

Who Wrote Blessed Assurance Hymn?

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Fanny Jane Crosby 1820 – 1915

The lyrics of the hymn Blessed Assurance were written by an American poet, hymn writer, and composer, Fanny J. Crosby.

Fanny Jane Crosby was born on the 24th of March 1820 in Southeast, Putnam County, New York City. She was the first and last child of her parents, Mr. John and Mercy Crosby.

Fanny lost her father six months after her birth and was brought up by her maternal grandmother, who was a devoted Christian. Her mother was virtually available because of the maid job she was doing to support the family.

Cause Of Fanny J. Crosby Blindness

Fanny Crosby was able to see for two months until she got inflammation in her eye. She was treated by a stranger who claimed to be medical personnel because the family’s physician was not around. He applied his cure poultices on her eyes in order to get rid of the infection.

The infection was actually cleared, but the poultice left white scars on her eyes and that caused damage to her sight. They took Fanny to a renowned New York surgeon named Dr. Valentine Mott.

However, there was nothing he could do to bring her sight back. Actually, she could sense it when there was light and when there was no light, but she was unable to see the vision of light again.

Fanny’s Upbringing

The blind little girl’s grandmother was a blessing to her upbringing in a Christian way and in educational experience. Fanny’s precious grandmother dedicated most of her time to reading the Bible and selected poetry and literature to her.

As a result of this, Fanny was able to memorize long parts of the Old and New Testament through active listening to her grandmother. In addition, she started writing at a younger age and wrote her first poem when she was eight.

Fanny actually cherished her family’s values of morality, integrity, loyalty, and devotion to duty that her grandmother instilled in her to the core. Obviously, this showed in her lifelong work and ministry.

Though Fanny was brought up in a Christian way, she actually committed her life to Christ in 1850 before the Lord in New York’s Broadway Tabernacle.

Thereafter, she became a member of Sixth Avenue Bible Baptist Church in Brooklyn and served as a lay preacher, deaconess, and urban missionary. In fact, she was well known for her teaching and rescue mission assignments.

Her Education And Journey Into Music

When Crosby was fifteen, she got admission to the New York Institution for the Blind for her education. Afterward, she was retained at the institution to serve as a teacher.

Fanny blossomed under the privilege of the institution and was open to lots of opportunities to excel in her talent as a poet. In particular, she found composing verse natural and wrote a lot for herself and others.

Of course, Fanny was able to write lyrics for music scores of songs like There’s Music in the Air and Hazel Dell, to mention a few. She also worked with the school music instructor, George F. Root, to write a cantata called The Flower Queen.

Fammy Crosby and Alexander Van Alstyne
Fanny Crosby and Alexander Van Alstyne

Fanny, on the other hand, began writing hymn verses that could be set to music in 1851, and her hymns began to appear in various denominational hymnals around the 1860s.

Crosby chose and used many words from the Bible in transformational ways to write the text of her hymns. Truly, her hymns sometimes exhibit text that goes beyond an ordinary talent.

Over the course of her life, Fanny Jane Crosby has written over 9,000 hymns, which include Blessed Assurance and some well-known hymns today. She wrote hymns like Keep Me Near the Cross, Blessed Assurance, Rescue the Perishing, and To God Be the Glory, to mention a few.

Later Life

She retired in 1858 and married Alexander Van Alstyne, a music composer who also had sight issues like her. However, Fanny never stops using her maiden name as a signature for her hymns for publication.

The famous blind hymnologist passed on to glory to be with her saviour on the 12th of February 1915. During her life, she was one of the most famous women in America. Even now, her work is in most American hymnals.

The Story Behind the Blessed Assurance Hymn

Blessed Assurance music by Phoebe-Palmer-Knapp
Phoebe Palmer Knapp

Many people thought Fanny Crosby, in 1873, found inspiration for the song through the passage of Hebrews 10:22. ” Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.” (KJV), because she wrote the hymn on a whim. Though without any spiritual background, it might be difficult to write down the text of an inspiring hymn as blessed assurance in a very short time like she did.

Fanny herself has already declared inspiration from the Almighty God as the source of all her hymns.

The hymn was born on one blessed day in 1873 when Fanny paid her friend Mrs. Phoebe Palmer Knapp a visit to her house. During the visit, Phobe Knapp played a new tune she had composed for Crosby’s listening.

Thereafter, she asked Fanny Crosby what her thoughts were on the tune she had just played. In reply, Crosby said, “Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine”. 

She then continued with other words of the hymn.  Mrs. Knapp wrote the words down and fit them into the tune as we have it today. 

The whole text of the hymn’s focal point is heaven, a perfect place where “perfect submission” and “perfect delight” will come to pass. Blessed Assurance as a hymn has stood the test of time.

Up to date, it’s one of the most famous hymns loved and sung on occasions and in churches. Besides, the hymn keeps enriching various congregations in the whole household of Christian faith.

The Hymn Publication

The full text and score of the hymn were published on page 36 of a magazine called Issue of Palmer’s Guide to Holiness and Revival Miscellany in July 1873.

Specifically, the magazine is printed by the parents of Mrs. Knapp, who is an evangelist. However, there is no source that confirms that the magazine was the first to print the Blessed Assurance Hymn.

But it actually assisted in making the inspiring hymn popular as of today. The tune is called Blessed Assurance, or Assurance in relation to Fanny Crosby’s text.

ALSO READ: The Blessed Assurance Hymn Lyrics

The Tune For The Hymn Blessed Assurance

The tune for this hymn, “Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine,” written in 9:10:9:9 meter and 9:9:9:9 refrain, was composed by Phoebe Palmer Knapp (later Mrs. Joseph F Knapp).

Mrs. Knapp is also a well-known hymnist and composer of many hymn tunes and texts. The tune fits in well with the words of the hymn. This might be as a result of composing the tune before the text.

On the other hand, the tune is not difficult to sing because it has a well-established rhythmic pattern. However, one should be consistent in handling the long notes after each phrase.

Blessed Assurance By Fanny J Crosby-
Blesses Assurance – Text by Fanny Crosby Music by J Knapp

The tune is called Blessed Assurance or Assurance in relation to Fanny Crosby’s text. The full text and score of the hymn were published on page 36 of a magazine called Issue of Palmer’s Guide to Holiness and Revival Miscellany in July 1873.

The tune is called Blessed Assurance, or Assurance in relation to Fanny Crosby’s text. The full text and score of the hymn were published on page 36 of a magazine called Issue of Palmer’s Guide to Holiness and Revival Miscellany in July 1873.

Specifically, the magazine is printed by the parents of Mrs. Knapp, who is an evangelist. However, there is no source that confirms that the magazine was the first to print the hymn. But it actually assisted in making the inspiring hymn popular as of today.

 

Blesses Assurance chorus part

In fact, after its publication, the hymn enjoyed instantaneous popularity in America. Since the year 1873, Blessed Assurance has been inside Methodist publications. Also in 1888, the Disciples of Christ published it in their hymnal.

Thereafter, the Methodist Churches of Canada added the hymn to their collection in 1889. Likewise, in the year 1898, more hymnals in America and the Church of the Brethren-Dunkers added the hymn.

What is Blessed assurance?

“Blessed assurance” is a term used to describe a person’s assurance that they are going to be saved. This assurance comes from the knowledge that God has already chosen them for salvation and will never leave them alone.

Blessed assurance means having complete confidence in God’s promises. It’s being absolutely certain that God will do what He says He will do. When we have blessed assurance, we can rest assured that we are safe in His hands no matter what life throws our way.

Blessed assurance doesn’t mean that we will never experience hardship or heartache. In fact, we can be confident that God will use even the difficult times in our lives to bless us and mature us.

But we can be certain that He will never leave us or forsake us. We can always trust Him to work everything out for our good.

Do you have blessed assurance? If not, ask God to give you this precious gift. It’s the best assurance you can have in this life!

The Blessed Assurance hymn delivers a word of assurance and comfort from the Lord to you. Remain blessed as you listen to the mp3 of the hymn Blessed Assurance; Jesus is Mine below: 

Click here and listen to Blessed Assurance, Jesus is mine Hymn Mp3

Courtesy of The Celebration Choir – (c)1995 Integrity Music

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