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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
The Smalcald Articles – part 20

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John 1:29 

From the Confessions: The Smalcald Articles 

2. And he alone is “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29); and God has laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isa 53:6).

Pulling It Together: In this great, narrative sentence, there is one subject and a countless number of direct objects. Let us begin with the objects of the subject. Sinners are the direct objects in the story of God. Since the beginning, sin had been met with sacrifice to appease God’s holiness. So much blood has been spilled for a world of sinners, “for all have sinned” (Rom 3:23). As God is the subject of creation, acting on chaos to bring order, he is also the subject of recreation, bringing forgiveness and justification where there had been judgment and alienation. 

Sinners could not take away the sin of the world; the direct object cannot act upon itself. But God laid the sin of us all upon himself, bearing the iniquity of a world of lost sinners, the objects of his love.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for your great and saving love. Amen.

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