Saturday, April 19, 2014

Tετέλεσται


The word τετέλεσται- the sixth of Christ's Seven Last Words from the Cross- is usually translated "It is finished." But it has a much deeper meaning than that.

 In the ancient world, it was the word that would be written across a canceled bill. "Tετέλεσται" meant "paid in full."

 Jesus actually spoke Aramaic, of course, But the word τετέλεσται- the word the Holy Spirit uses in Scripture to express His thought- conveys far more than meets the eye. It conveys the most essential thing about Christ's suffering and death: its completeness, not merely as satisfaction to His Father's justice for every sin you have ever committed or ever will ever commit, but its having left nothing undone. Even your repentance and faith are His doing in you through the Word, and not your own contribution needed somehow to complete some unfinished business left over from Golgotha.

It's not just that Jesus has already paid for your sin. It's that you don't have to look to the quality of your own repentance, or of your faith, or anything else of your own for assurance of God's constant love and forgiveness. All you have to do is to look precisely away from yourself and your own supposed contributions to forgiveness, to Jesus.
Tετέλεσται. "Paid in full." There is nothing else for you to do or worry about doing. Your sin cannot hurt you as long as you look away from your own efforts and merits, to Jesus. He has done it all. Tετέλεσται. It is finished. Paid in full!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Dead to the Law, alive to Christ


Here Paul is the most heretical of heretics; and his heresy is unheard-of, because he says that, having died to the Law, he lives to God.

The false apostles taught: "Unless you live to the Law, you do not live to God. That is, unless you live according to the Law, you are dead in the sight of God."

But Paul teaches the opposite: "Unless you are dead to the Law, you do not live to God."

Martin Luther, Galatians (1535) (LW 26:156)

Friday, March 7, 2014

The bottom line


Lord Jesus,
You are my righteousness,
I am your sin.

You took on you what was mine;...
yet set on me what was yours.

You became what you were not,
that I might become what I was not.

- Martin Luther

Sunday, November 24, 2013

The greatest heretic in American history

This is basic church history for some of us. But for most American Christians, it'll be an eye-opener:



If you've been hurt by the Church...

New Reformation Press provides these free of charge. Seldom has anyone done the Christian world- and especially former Christians who have been hurt by the Church- a greater online service.





A lecture by Dr. Rosenbladt, which forms a kind of "sequel," can be downloaded here.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

"This shall be my faith!"


Because of my inborn wickedness and weakness so far it has been impossible for me to satisfy God’s claims. 

If I may not believe that God, for Christ’s sake, will forgive me the daily mourned lag, it would be over with me. 

I would have to despair, but I won’t let that happen. 
Like Judas hang myself on a tree, I will not do that. 
I will hang myself (cling) to the neck or foot of Jesus Christ, like the sinful woman. 
Even though I am worse then her, I will hold tight to my Lord. 

Then he will speak to the Father: 

Though (he) never kept any (promises) and broke each of your commandments, 
Father, but (he) clings to me. 
Never mind! 
I died for him as well. 
Let him slip through.’ 

This shall be my faith!

--Martin Luther

Saturday, August 17, 2013

"...Help Thou mine unbelief!"

I not only believe in Christ, but I know that He is sitting at the right hand of the Father to be our Mediator and to intercede for us. I know that the bread and the wine in the Lord’s Supper are the body and blood of Christ and that the word of the pastor, whether he preaches or absolves, is the Word of God. Yet the flesh is weighed down by doubt, so that it does not believe these things. This is great wretchedness and is bitterer than death itself. Indeed, the reason why death is bitter is that the hindrances of the flesh prevent us from believing. Otherwise affliction would be a joy, and death would be a sleep for us who believe.
 
We should deplore these evils, which are implanted in us through Adam as a result of original sin, and we should pray God to increase and strengthen faith in us and to sustain us under the heaven of the forgiveness of sins...

Martin Luther
Luther’s Works, AE 5:21,
Lectures on Genesis,
Genesis 26:5

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Tετέλεσται


The word τετέλεσται- the sixth of Christ's Seven Last Words from the Cross- is usually translated "It is finished." But it has a much deeper meaning than that.

 In the ancient world, it was the word that would be written across a canceled bill. "Tετέλεσται" meant "paid in full."

 Jesus actually spoke Aramaic, of course, But the word τετέλεσται- the word the Holy Spirit uses in Scripture to express His thought- conveys far more than meets the eye. It conveys the most essential thing about Christ's suffering and death: its completeness, not merely as satisfaction to His Father's justice for every sin you have ever committed or ever will ever commit, but its having left nothing undone. Even your repentance and faith are His doing in you through the Word, and not your own contribution needed somehow to complete some unfinished business left over from Golgotha.

It's not just that Jesus has already paid for your sin. It's that you don't have to look to the quality of your own repentance, or of your faith, or anything else of your own for assurance of God's constant love and forgiveness. All you have to do is to look precisely away from yourself and your own supposed contributions to forgiveness, to Jesus.
Tετέλεσται. "Paid in full." There is nothing else for you to do or worry about doing. Your sin cannot hurt you as long as you look away from your own efforts and merits, to Jesus. He has done it all. Tετέλεσται. It is finished. Paid in full!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Dead to the Law, alive to Christ


Here Paul is the most heretical of heretics; and his heresy is unheard-of, because he says that, having died to the Law, he lives to God.

The false apostles taught: "Unless you live to the Law, you do not live to God. That is, unless you live according to the Law, you are dead in the sight of God."

But Paul teaches the opposite: "Unless you are dead to the Law, you do not live to God."

Martin Luther, Galatians (1535) (LW 26:156)

Friday, March 7, 2014

The bottom line


Lord Jesus,
You are my righteousness,
I am your sin.

You took on you what was mine;...
yet set on me what was yours.

You became what you were not,
that I might become what I was not.

- Martin Luther

Sunday, November 24, 2013

The greatest heretic in American history

This is basic church history for some of us. But for most American Christians, it'll be an eye-opener:



If you've been hurt by the Church...

New Reformation Press provides these free of charge. Seldom has anyone done the Christian world- and especially former Christians who have been hurt by the Church- a greater online service.





A lecture by Dr. Rosenbladt, which forms a kind of "sequel," can be downloaded here.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

"This shall be my faith!"


Because of my inborn wickedness and weakness so far it has been impossible for me to satisfy God’s claims. 

If I may not believe that God, for Christ’s sake, will forgive me the daily mourned lag, it would be over with me. 

I would have to despair, but I won’t let that happen. 
Like Judas hang myself on a tree, I will not do that. 
I will hang myself (cling) to the neck or foot of Jesus Christ, like the sinful woman. 
Even though I am worse then her, I will hold tight to my Lord. 

Then he will speak to the Father: 

Though (he) never kept any (promises) and broke each of your commandments, 
Father, but (he) clings to me. 
Never mind! 
I died for him as well. 
Let him slip through.’ 

This shall be my faith!

--Martin Luther

Saturday, August 17, 2013

"...Help Thou mine unbelief!"

I not only believe in Christ, but I know that He is sitting at the right hand of the Father to be our Mediator and to intercede for us. I know that the bread and the wine in the Lord’s Supper are the body and blood of Christ and that the word of the pastor, whether he preaches or absolves, is the Word of God. Yet the flesh is weighed down by doubt, so that it does not believe these things. This is great wretchedness and is bitterer than death itself. Indeed, the reason why death is bitter is that the hindrances of the flesh prevent us from believing. Otherwise affliction would be a joy, and death would be a sleep for us who believe.
 
We should deplore these evils, which are implanted in us through Adam as a result of original sin, and we should pray God to increase and strengthen faith in us and to sustain us under the heaven of the forgiveness of sins...

Martin Luther
Luther’s Works, AE 5:21,
Lectures on Genesis,
Genesis 26:5