Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Luther to the devil, through Christ
Nathan alerted me to an excellent article by Carl Trueman you really must read here.
In Trueman's post he alludes to a famous interchange between Luther and the Devil (pictured above where Luther throws his inkwell at Satan). Luther describes being accused of filthy sin by the Devil as follows-
“Martin, you are a liar, greedy, lecherous, a blasphemer, a hypocrite. You cannot stand before God.” To which Luther would respond: “Well, yes, I am. And, indeed, Satan, you do not know the half of it. I have done much worse than that and if you care to give me your full list, I can no doubt add to it and help make it more complete. But you know what? My Savior has died for all my sins—those you mention, those I could add and, indeed, those I have committed but am so wicked that I am unaware of having done so. It does not change the fact that Christ has died for all of them; his blood is sufficient; and on the Day of Judgment I shall be exonerated because he has taken all my sins on himself and clothed me in his own perfect righteousness.”