Crumbs
August 14, 2020
248. Week of Eighth Sunday after Trinity - Tuesday
A man is justified by faith, without the deeds of the Law.
          Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith, without the deeds of the Law.   Romans 3:28
          If a man is not found righteous before the judgment-seat of God, he is damned. But no man can be found righteous before God by the deeds of the Law. For no man can perform even a single deed of the Law that is perfect in the sight of God; much less can he be fully justified before God by the deeds of the Law. So what is to be done? Now God comes and proclaims that man is justified before Him without the deeds of the Law, without merit, yes, in spite of and regardless of all sin and guilt. But this is quite beyond all human conception. How shall a man become righteous before God without the deeds of the Law, without merit, yes, in spite of and regardless of his sins and guilt God says "by faith." But how so by faith? by what faith? By that faith which rests on the blessed fact that God forgives sins out of His great mercy, for Christ's sake. You know that God does this. And now ponder and consider what is meant by the words: God forgives sin. It means: God does not impute sin. If God does not impute sin to us, then, of course, He declares us - righteous. And it is just this that God does say to us lost and condemned sinners: He forgives us our sins, and thus declares and makes us righteous in His sight, justifies us. And now we must not reject this, but accept it in true faith as a most gracious deliverance. Thus we are righteous in the sight of God by faith, without the deeds of the Law. - This is the true, genuine Christian banner, our standard, following which we shall conquer everything and obtain eternal salvation: "Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith, without the deeds of the Law." Let this also be your faith.
          PRAYER: - Lord, my God, because You say it to me, therefore I will believe it, and cling to it in life and death, that I am justified in Your sight by faith, without the deeds of the Law. Trusting in this, I will depart, and lifting up my head before Your judgment-throne, I shall say: You, O God, have forgiven my sins to me and thereby declared me righteous. I pray You, my God, keep me in this faith which alone will save me. Amen.

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