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August 13, 2020
212. Week of Third Sunday after Trinity - Monday
There is not one just man upon earth that does good and does not sin
          Enter not into judgment with Your servant; for in Your sight shall no man living be justified.   Psalms 143:2
          Is it true that all men, without exception, have deserved death by their transgression of the divine Law? And is it true that all men without exception can receive eternal life only through the free grace and gift of God? Can any man keep God's commandments as He would have us keep them? Can any man stand before the judgment-seat of God? - Inspired by the Holy Spirit, David says to God: "Enter not into judgment with Your servant; for in Your sight shall no man living be justified." And he furthermore says: "The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men to see if there were any that did understand and seek God. They have all gone astray, they have all together become filthy: there is none that does good, no, not one." (Ps. 14:2,3.) No, "there is not one just man upon earth that does good and does not sin." (Eccl. 7:20) "We are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags." (Is. 64:6) Natural man, man as he is by nature since the Fall, cannot keep the Law of God, no, not in the least; for in all that he does the heart is lacking; the love of God; his best works are not done to please God, they are as an empty shell without the kernel. And the regenerate Christian, who possesses the Holy Spirit, can fulfill the Law of God only imperfectly, because sin still clings to him. Regenerate Paul says by inspiration of the Holy Spirit: "I don't mean I have already reached this or am already at the goal, but I eagerly go after it to make it mine because Christ Jesus made me His own.." (Phil. 3:12.) And he says: "I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh. I'm willing but I'm not doing what is right. I don't do the good things I want to do, but I do the evil I don't want to do. (Rom. 7:18,19) It is certain: every man deserves death because of his sin, and can only receive eternal life through the free grace of God in Christ Jesus, only as a gift, as a present.
          PRAYER: - My God, I accuse myself, and I humbly confess that by sinning against You I have deserved death, and daily deserve it. But I rely upon Your grace promised me in the Gospel in which You have pledged forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation to me for Jesus' sake. And I confidently pray as You have taught me to pray: "Enter not into judgment with Your servant; for in Your sight shall no man be justified". Amen.

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