08 August 2012

Old Lutheran Quote of the Day

That is why we should never be offended by the fact that the Bible presents even the holiest people as sinners. We must recognize God's great wisdom in portraying them in this way. By revealing the sins that have flourished among God's people from the beginning of the world, God shows us that human righteousness and worthiness are nothing but an empty dream, that every person is a sinner, that even the most godly cannot stand before the heavenly Father in their own righteousness, that free grace is man's only refuge, and that there is no salvation and no blessedness outside of Christ. The ones whose horrible sins are related in the Bible should be a mirror for us, a mirror in which we learn to examine our own life and our own heart so we humble ourselves before God and flee to the cross of the Lamb of God who bears the sins of the world.—C. F. W. Walther, God Grant It!, p. 626,7.

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