“… perhaps you will say: we know well enough that God gave His Son into death on our behalf, yet we, on our part, have by many transgressions and sins proved ourselves totally unworthy this His grace and mercy; from which it follows that God has again become our enemy on account of our crimes, though He may formerly have loved us for His Son’s sake. St. Paul tell us that this is false reasoning , and that we by no means give way to it, (don’t give the devils sermon of unbelief, any place in your heart) for he distinctly declares: “Christ died for us while we were yet sinners.” Remember this and be comforted by it. These words give us the explicit assurance, when our sins accuse us with God’s wrath and dire punishment, that Christ for no other purpose than to save sinners, and for no other persons. If, therefore, we commit new sins, if our conscience accuses us, and if we have merited anew the vengeance of God, we ought ever to remember that Christ died for us as sinners, for such sinners that we are, and shall remain. (sinners) though we may constantly exercise penitence and faith and new obedience with a good conscience. Yea, though we be ever so saintly, we will always need this consolation, that Christ died for us sinners, as St. Paul says “Though I know of no sin, I am not therefore justified;” and the Psalmist, Psalm 143 “Enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in Thy sight shall no man living be justified.” It therefore remains a fixed fact, eternally unalterable, that the passion and death of Christ took place for our sin, no matter when committed, and while we were yet sinners, and that therefore we are freed from the eternal wrath of God, that we have forgiveness, that the atonement is made once for all, and that we can now obtain eternal life.” Martin Luther
Words in parenthesis are mine.
Brother and Sisters in Christ “Casting all your care upon Him; for He cares for you.” 1st Peter 5:7
Jesus ever lives making intercession for us.
Oh Lord Give us grace, this Lenten and Easter season, to behold what You have done. Worshiping, You with prayer, praise, and thanksgiving.