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 No, Not One!

by Johnson Oatman, Jr. (1856-1922)


“No, Not One!” is another of our favorite Sunday School songs that extols, in child-like language, our living Lord.  It has a typical gospel song character in that it employs a repetitive phrase – “No, Not One!” – which allows people of all ages and backgrounds to join heartily together in the praise of Christ.  Gospel songs such as this can teach even the youngest child the truth of the pre-eminence of our Lord and His nearness in every situation of our lives.


The author, Johnson Oatman, Jr., was an ordained Methodist minister, but he worked most of his life in the insurance business.  He wrote numerous gospel hymn texts including “Higher Ground” and “Count Your Blessings.”


The composer, George C. Hugg, was an active lay musician and choir director in various churches in the Philadelphia area who was also active in writing and publishing Sunday School songs.


In times of stress and loneliness, these simple words with their easily sung tune, that many of us first sang in our earliest Sunday School classes, still minister to us today.


            He was born that we might be born again (John 1:14)

            He became poor that we might become rich (James 2:5)

            He became a servant that we might become sons (Gal 4:6-7)

            He was made sin that we might be made righteous (2 Cor 5:21)

            He died that we might live (John 5:24-25)


Indeed: “Jesus knows all about our struggles; He will guide till the day is done.  There’s not a friend like the lowly Jesus, no, not one! No, not one!”