Crumbs
October 21, 2020
251. Week of Eighth Sunday after Trinity - Friday
He that believes is justified without works
          But to him that does not work, but believes on Him that justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.   Romans 4:5
          He that works, he that in any way works, in order to stand righteous in the sight of God, he - note this well! - renounces the grace of God and lays claim to salvation not as a gift of grace, but as a gift which God is in duty bound to give him in remuneration for his works. He that is so blinded as to work in this way, in defiance and derision of the entire Word of God, shall receive wages very different from salvation. "For as many as are of the works of the Law are under the curse." (Gal. 3:10) "But to him that does not work, but believes on Him that justifies the ungodly" - Stop! What does this mean: "that justifies the ungodly"? This means that God was in Christ, reconciling the world, the ungodly world, to Himself, thus not imputing their trespasses to them. Now, then: "To him that does not work, but believes on Him that justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness." What does this mean: "to him his faith is counted for righteousness"? It means this: To him this is counted for righteousness what the Word of Reconciliation proclaims and communicates to him, namely, that God in Christ reconciled all the world to Himself and therefore no longer imputed their trespasses to them:- this gracious deed of God, which he accepts in faith, on the strength of the Word of God, is counted to him for righteousness. The believer accepts for himself what God in Christ did for the whole ungodly world, namely that God in Christ justified them in His sight. Thus through such faith, he has the righteousness of God, and now in fact he is the beloved child of God and is saved. Therefore, do not work, but believe in Him that justifies the ungodly. Then your faith shall be counted to you for righteousness. And you shall obtain salvation.
          PRAYER: - My Lord and God, grant grace to me, Your child, to be diligent, indeed, in good works, but never to presume that by such miserable works of mine I might become righteous before You. Help me to live and to die in the right faith which alone justifies me, in the firm assurance that in Christ You have justified the ungodly, and hence also me. Amen.

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