Crumbs
October 20, 2020
157. Week of Third Sunday after Easter - Tuesday
He is the propitiation for our sins; and also for the sins of the whole world
          He is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world   1 John 2:2
          Whom has Christ redeemed? The very best answer for you to give for this question is: Me and all lost and condemned mankind: By answering thus, you appropriate the salvation of Christ to your own self; you seize upon it and comfort yourself with it as firmly and confidently as if Christ had redeemed you only. And this is what you may and should do; God wants you to do this. For Christ has redeemed all lost and condemned mankind, and hence you also. No man is excepted from the salvation of Christ, hence neither are you. If it were not so, if the cheerless doctrine of Calvin the father of the Reformed Church, were true, that Christ had only redeemed the believers, how, then, would you be altogether certain that Christ had redeemed you, even you? For, in the first place faith is often assailed and obscured; and moreover, faith must have a foundation to rest upon. But the foundation faith has is just this, that Christ has redeemed all lost and condemned mankind, and hence, you and me too. And this is most positive Bible doctrine. Do you note the text above? So all Christians must believe. And you know that other Word of God: "Behold the Lamb of God, that takes away the sin of the world," John 1:29; and this: "The Son of Man is come to save that which was lost," Matt. 18:11. Even the unbelievers, the godless, who deny, reject, despise, and scorn Christ, have nevertheless been redeemed by Christ. But just because they deny Christ, and for this reason only, they are lost. Peter writes concerning such: "They deny the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction," 2 Pet. 2:1. My dear Christian, the risen Saviour has redeemed you, for He has redeemed all lost and condemned mankind. May you believe this gladly and most assuredly O poor sinner! This faith will not deceive you.
          PRAYER: - Risen Saviour, in Your victory over sin, death, and the devil I behold the victory over my sin, my death, my evil accuser and foe. Yes, You, O Lord, have redeemed all lost and condemned mankind, and hence also me, a lost and condemned sinner. Thanks, thanks be to You, my Lord and Saviour! Give me Your Holy Spirit, that I may firmly cling to this blessed truth, and nevermore fear nor faint in such faith. Me, even me, you have redeemed, O Lord! I, even I, am redeemed. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
October 20, 2020