a sinner, yet not a sinner

Dawn: Luther at Erfurt, Joseph Noel Paton, via Wikimedia Commons

O my God, I am a sinner, and yet I am not a sinner.
Alone and apart from Christ, I am a sinner.
But in my Lord Jesus Christ and with him, I am no sinner.
I firmly believe that he has destroyed
   all my sins with his precious blood.
The sign of this is that I am baptized,
   cleansed by God’s word,
   and declared absolved and freed from all my sins.
In the sacrament of the true body and blood of my Lord Jesus Christ
   I have received, as a sure sign of grace,
   the forgiveness of sins.
This he won and accomplished for me
   by the shedding of his precious blood.
For this I thank You in eternity. Amen.

Martin Luther, 1483 – 1546, German reformer


Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

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