October 28, 2020

Day by Day with Martin Luther

Read: Ezra 7:1-10 James 4:1-13

“Daily Sin Means Daily Repentance”

“He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy.” [Titus 3:5]

In this life on earth it is impossible for us to live without any sin and pain, because of our corrupt flesh and blood. This does not cease to be active against God’s Commandments until the grave, for even the saints of old, though they had received grace, struggled with their sin. Therefore, they still also daily need God’s forgiveness, just as they daily also repent because of their weaknesses and the sin they inherited from Adam and Eve.

They recognize that their life and works merit the wrath of God, if not forgiven and covered for Christ’s sake. For that reason Christ has established His kingdom of grace, that we may receive His forgiveness of our sin. Upon those that believe it, it is so powerful that, even though sin is still stuck and so deeply rooted in their flesh and blood that it cannot at all be swept away in this life.

And yet, in Christ, we shall one rise to newness of life where sin and the grave will no longer hold us captive. May God be praised!

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