Wednesday, May 20, 2009

I Admit I Deserve Death and Hell. What of It?

At our Pastors Gospel Group meeting yesterday, Ray Ortlund, as he consistently does, lit a gospel fire in the midst of us by reading this passage to us from Martin Luther's "Letters of Spiritual Counsel." It is so powerful and encouraging.
When the devil throws our sins up to us and declares that we deserve death and hell, we ought to speak thus: "I admit that I deserve death and hell. What of it? Does this mean that I shall be sentenced to eternal damnation? By no means. For I know One who suffered and made satisfaction in my behalf. His name is Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Where he is, there shall I be also."

If that don't ring your bell, your clapper's broken.


chuck said...

wow thats awesome. thanks jared

Ken Stoll said...

...that should ring all of our bells. Speaking of our sin and the devil's constant reminders I like this Luther gem, "Either sin is with you, lying on your shoulders, or it is lying on Christ, the Lamb of God. Now if it is lying on your back, you are lost; but if it is resting on Christ, you are free, and you will be saved. Now choose what you want."

Nice to see you back to blogging today.

Jared said...

Thanks, Ken. It's been a crazy week or so.
And thanks for the additional Luther gem.

Chuck, glad you were blessed by it.

III said...

Embracing Accusation, Shane and Shane