Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Dost Ask Who That May Be

Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God’s own choosing:
Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Sabaoth, His Name, from age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.
In light of this Puritan Catechism question, this verse from Luther's "A Mighty Fortress" came to mind. Christ is the Redeemer who came to save us from sin and death, and "He must win the battle." It is no accident that Luther begins the verse by addressing man's efforts and then introduces Christ. If man is capable of keeping the Law, then Christ's death is for naught. I have been studying Romans for the last month and a half, very slowly, taking only a few verses at a time. It is amazing to see the case Paul lays out against those who say that we are saved by works and the Law. By establishing men as sinners, which Paul has done since chapter 1, he is setting up the only option left to men: Christ Jesus.

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