Having faith as a layman of scripture, I really enjoy those moments of discovery when the image of biblical truth becomes even more clear to me. One of those encounters occurred when I recently skimmed my twitter feed, and I stumbled upon a friend’s quote and link to the Helwys Society Forum where Martin Luther’s beautiful description of the relationship of Christ and His bride, the Church, was featured.
This historic passage from Luther’s On Christian Liberty presents such a beautiful arrangement of words describing that relationship:
Here this rich and divine bridegroom Christ marries this poor, wicked harlot, redeems her from all her evil, and adorns her with all His goodness.
Her sins cannot now destroy her, since they are laid upon Christ and swallowed up by Him. And she has that righteousness in Christ, her husband, of which she may boast as of her own and which she can confidently display alongside her sins in the fact of death and say, ‘If I have sinned, yet my Christ, in whom I believe, has not sinned, and all His is mine and all mine is His,” as the bride in the Song of Solomon 2:16 says, ‘My beloved is mine and I am his.’ This is what Paul means when he says in 1 Corinthians 15:57 ‘Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ,’ that is, the victory over sin and death, as he also says there, ‘The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law’ 1 Corinthians 15:56
Do you hear that beautiful melody delicately woven throughout Luther’s words?
In Jesus, we are redeemed from all our evil.
From Him, we are adorned with all His goodness.
Our sins can not now destroy us.
They are laid upon Christ and swallowed up by Him.
In and through Christ alone.
Having Faith: Faith in Jesus
What a glorious reminder of the treasure we have in Christ.
Only in Him, we have been released from the chains that confine and weigh on us. Only through Him, we have access to the gift of life that He grants to those who will believe and receive Him as Savior, Lord, and Redeemer. By way of Him alone, we have a treasure of life to experience in this present now as well as in the glorious not yet – that day when our faith, our faith in Jesus becomes sight.
In Christ alone, I place my trust.