From the Confessions: The Defense of the Augsburg Confession
By his knowledge he will justify many (Isa 53:11). But what is the knowledge of Christ unless to know the benefits of Christ, those promises which he has sown throughout the world by the Gospel? To know these benefits properly and truly is to believe in Christ, to trust that what God has promised he will certainly fulfill for Christ's sake.
Scripture is filled with such testimonies. In some places it presents the law and in others the promises concerning Christ, and the forgiveness of sins, and the free acceptance of the sinner on Christ's account.
Pulling It Together: Jesus was pierced for our “transgressions.” He bore the discipline that was our due, eternal death. Though we strayed, he went willingly to slaughter, knowing that his death would mean our life—eternal life. “Out of the anguish of his soul,” he watched from the cross and saw our salvation. In dying, he satisfied the law of God and made us righteous. We can add nothing to this mighty act of God’s Servant. He has done it all and justified us to God.
Prayer: All we can offer you, Lord, is thank you. Amen.
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