Friday, January 9, 2015

Christ, Our Everything

"In St. Paul’s epistles to the Romans, the Galatians, and the Colossians we find many passages which declare that God has consummated all the divine services in Judaism, and that Christ was to be the end of the Law (Rom. 10:4). Christ was also to be the fulfillment of the Law and of time (Gal. 4:4), and the fulfillment of all things. Christ was to be all in all and to have all. Therefore he who takes hold of Him in faith will possess forgiveness of sin, the Law will be fulfilled for him, death and the devil will be conquered, and he will obtain the gift of eternal life. In this Man all things are concluded and fulfilled.

Whoever accepts Him has everything. The Colossians are also told (2:10): “You have been consummated in Him.” I feel the terrors of hell and the nearness of death’s hour; but if I have Christ, I have come to the consummation, and neither death nor sin nor devil can harm me. For if I believe in Christ, I have fulfilled the Law, and it cannot accuse me. I have conquered hell, and it cannot hold me. All that Christ has is mine. Through Him we acquire all His goods and eternal life. Even if my faith is feeble, I still have the selfsame treasure and the selfsame Christ that others have. There is no difference. Faith in Him makes us all perfect, but works do not." - Martin Luther [1]

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[1] Luther, M. (1999). Luther's works, vol. 23: Sermons on the Gospel of St. John: Chapters 6-8 (J. J. Pelikan, H. C. Oswald & H. T. Lehmann, Ed.) (Jn 6:29). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House. Emphasis mine.

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