October 10th, 2004


Sin boldly

God tends to speak into my life from multiple vectors. Today it's about sin and repentance, about who we really are and how that's no surprise to Him. We're free not to fake it, and we aren't free as long as we do. I can own my sin because it's not the last word on who I am. That's reserved to Jesus, and His word is being made true in me every time I turn to Him.

Others say it better:

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

—David (Psalm 51:17)

If you are a preacher of grace, then preach a true and not a fictitious grace; if grace is true, you must bear a true and not a fictitious sin. God does not save people who are only fictitious sinners. Be a sinner and sin boldly, but believe and rejoice in Christ even more boldly, for he is victorious over sin, death, and the world. As long as we are here we have to sin. This life is not the dwelling place of righteousness, but, as Peter says, we look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. It is enough that by the riches of God's glory we have come to know the Lamb that takes away the sin of the world. No sin will separate us from the Lamb, even though we commit fornication and murder a thousand times a day. Do you think that the purchase price that was paid for the redemption of our sins by so great a Lamb is too small? Pray boldly—you too are a mighty sinner.

—Martin Luther (letter to Philip Melanchthon, 1 August 1521)
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