Wednesday, July 16, 2014

It's not about your repentance, either

It was Norman Nagel, the great blessed Norman Nagel who talked about adverbs being the great enemy of the Gospel... I deeply repent, I am deeply sorry... Bah! I repent in a half-assed way, at best and I am sorry, sort of, but it's really split up and corroded. That's all we can do. Even our confession sucks. But the gracious God in Jesus Christ says, 'Be of good cheer my son, your sins are forgiven. Peace be unto you,' and all is based on Christ, not us.
- Rod Rosenbladt, Confessing Your Sins

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Christ's victory- and ours!

Awake, My Heart, with Gladness
By: Paul Gerhardt



1. Awake, my heart, with gladness,
See what today is done;
Now, after gloom and sadness,
Comes forth the glorious sun.
My savior there was laid
Where our bed must be made
When to the realms of light
Our spirit wings it flight.




2. The foe triumph shouted
When Christ lay in the tomb;
But lo, he now is routed,
His boast is turned to gloom.
For Christ again is free;
In glorious victory
He who is strong to save
Has triumphed over the grave.




3. This is a sight that gladdens
What peace it does impart!
Now nothing ever saddens
The joy within my heart.
No gloom shall ever shake,
No foe shall ever take
The hope which God’s own Son
In love for me has won.




4. Now hell, its prince, the devil,
Of all their power are shorn;
Now I am safe from evil,
And sin I laugh to scorn.
Grim death with all its might
Cannot my soul affright;
It is a powerless form,
However it rave and storm.




5. Now I will cling forever-
To Christ, my Savior true;
My Lord will leave me never,
Whatever he passes through.
He rends death’s iron chain;
He breaks through sin and pain;
He shatters hell’s grim thrall
I follow him through all.




6. He brings me to the portal
That leads to bliss untold,
Whereon this rhyme immortal
Is found is script of gold: "
Who there my cross has shared
Finds here a crown prepared;
Who there with me has died
Shall here be glorified."




Hymn # 128 from Lutheran Worship
Author: Johann Cruger
Tune: Auf, Auf, Mein Herz
First Published in: 1648

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.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

It's not about your repentance, either

It was Norman Nagel, the great blessed Norman Nagel who talked about adverbs being the great enemy of the Gospel... I deeply repent, I am deeply sorry... Bah! I repent in a half-assed way, at best and I am sorry, sort of, but it's really split up and corroded. That's all we can do. Even our confession sucks. But the gracious God in Jesus Christ says, 'Be of good cheer my son, your sins are forgiven. Peace be unto you,' and all is based on Christ, not us.
- Rod Rosenbladt, Confessing Your Sins

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Christ's victory- and ours!

Awake, My Heart, with Gladness
By: Paul Gerhardt



1. Awake, my heart, with gladness,
See what today is done;
Now, after gloom and sadness,
Comes forth the glorious sun.
My savior there was laid
Where our bed must be made
When to the realms of light
Our spirit wings it flight.




2. The foe triumph shouted
When Christ lay in the tomb;
But lo, he now is routed,
His boast is turned to gloom.
For Christ again is free;
In glorious victory
He who is strong to save
Has triumphed over the grave.




3. This is a sight that gladdens
What peace it does impart!
Now nothing ever saddens
The joy within my heart.
No gloom shall ever shake,
No foe shall ever take
The hope which God’s own Son
In love for me has won.




4. Now hell, its prince, the devil,
Of all their power are shorn;
Now I am safe from evil,
And sin I laugh to scorn.
Grim death with all its might
Cannot my soul affright;
It is a powerless form,
However it rave and storm.




5. Now I will cling forever-
To Christ, my Savior true;
My Lord will leave me never,
Whatever he passes through.
He rends death’s iron chain;
He breaks through sin and pain;
He shatters hell’s grim thrall
I follow him through all.




6. He brings me to the portal
That leads to bliss untold,
Whereon this rhyme immortal
Is found is script of gold: "
Who there my cross has shared
Finds here a crown prepared;
Who there with me has died
Shall here be glorified."




Hymn # 128 from Lutheran Worship
Author: Johann Cruger
Tune: Auf, Auf, Mein Herz
First Published in: 1648

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.