O Lord, I am you clay. You are my potter and skilled master. Because you pronounce me a sinner, I accept your word. I sincerely acknowledge and confess the godless condition which shows itself in my flesh and my entire nature. I do so that you may be glorified and I humiliated. As with all others, I am sin and death; you are life and righteousness. Together with all people I am the worst evil; you are and remain the highest good. I acknowledge and confess all this. I am led to this confession not by my reason, which would rather cover up and disguise this godless condition, but through your law and promises, I want your honor to stay and increase.
Lord, I am your sin; you are my righteousness. Therefore I am glad and have victory without fear. For my sin cannot outweigh or overpower your righteousness. Neither will your righteousness permit me to be or remain a sinner. Your Spirit, O Lord, must make and keep me alive. Blessed are you, O faithful God, my merciful Redeemer. In you alone do I trust. Amen.
Martin Luther, 1483 – 1546, German Reformer
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.