how great Apology IV is. Right now, if you're following the reading plan in the Treasury, we're in the middle of that tremendous and comforting article. A few gems we've been treated to of late:
Likewise the faith of which we speak exists in repentance. I mean that faith is conceive in the terrors of conscience, which feels God's wrath against our sins and seeks forgiveness of sins, seeks to be freed from sin.
Such faith does not remain in those who obey their desires, neither does it dwell with mortal sin.
For in this life we cannot satisfy the Law, because the sinful nature does not stop bringing forth evil inclination and desire, even though the Spirit in us resists them.
Faith alone looks upon the promise. It knows that because of the promise, it is absolutely certain that God forgives, because Christ did not die in vain.
The woman came with the opinion that forgiveness of sins should be sought in Christ. This worship is the highest worship of Christ. She could think nothing greater about Christ. To seek forgiveness of sins from Him was truly to acknowledge the Messiah. To think of Christ this way, to worship Him this way, to embrace Him this way, is truly to believe.