Jesus’ Mission

2 Corinthians 5:21, [God] made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. Jesus Christ died a sinner—He died a sinner’s death. Not that He actually committed sin, but on the cross He became sin and His righteousness becomes ours (i.e. justification by faith). This […]

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To Know Christ

1 Corinthians 1:30, Because of (God), you are in Christ Jesus, who has become wisdom to us from God, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption (own Greek translation). To unpack the full meaning of this text could fill an entire volume. Thus, I borrow from Luther, who explains it succinctly, “You comprehend this fully when you realise […]

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End of the Law

Romans 10:4, Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. What does this mean? Luther says it well, “Nothing else than that all who believe in Christ are justified through faith and receive His Spirit and grace” (Church Postil, sermon for New Year’s Day on Galatians 3:23-29, Luther’s Works 76:13-14). The law […]

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Our Righteousness

Jeremiah 23:6, This is the name by which He will be called: “YHWH is our righteousness.” What does it mean to be righteous? It means to be in a right relationship—a relationship functioning in a reconciled state. This is what it means that Christ justifies us by faith (Romans 5:1). For “justify”—δικαιόω (dikaióō)—comes from its root […]

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Who Is Like God?

Psalm 113:5-6, Who is like the LORD our God, who is seated on high, who looks far down on the heavens and the earth? There is nothing above God, so He cannot look up. He only looks beneath Him to us miserable creatures and within Him to His perfect Holy Trinity. Neither does He look beside […]

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Christ the Operator

1 Peter 2:24, [Christ] Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed. How is it that we think we can come before the cross of Christ, hold our works up to His mangled body, and say, “Look […]

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For Christ’s Sake

In the Bible Study I attend, we’ve been covering the Augsburg Confession in preparation for the anniversary of the Reformation. We just finished discussing Article XXVII on Monastic Vows, and even though I don’t have much experience with monks or nuns, and I don’t have reason to believe I’ll have much experience in the future, […]

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