Elvina M. Hall wrote the lovely words to this well-known hymn. Originally, this hymn when first written, had 5 stanzas, but the modern version in most hymnals contain just 4. This familiar hymn carries the theme of what Christ has done on the cross for our sins. It was nothing of ourselves, nothing that we could have given to pay the debt we owed because of our sins. It is only by the grace of God, through Christ’s atoning blood, that we are washed white as snow! When we could not pay the debt, Christ could and did on the cross.