Luther on Psalm 51:4

Psalm 51:4  Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.

“Our whole nature is punishable by death and sin…  Thus the Word of God–that is, both the Law and the Gospel, or promise–proves with clear and certain arguments that we are sinners and are saved by grace alone.  If God promises life, it follows that we are under death.  If He promises forgiveness of sins, it follows that sins dominate and possess us…  Both the threats and the promises all show the same thing…

When sins are thus revealed by the Word, two different kinds of men manifest themselves.  One kin justifies God and by a humble confession agrees to His denunciation of sin; the other kind condemns God and call Him a liar when He denounces sin…

Believe that you are a sinner, whom God wants to have as His son if you confess that you are lost.

With this confession, by which you confound yourself and open your wounds to the physician, you glorify God and provoke Him to His truly divine work of healing your sick mind like a physician…

Whoever confesses this way that he has sinned against God alone, has a God who justifies.

LW Vol. 12 

 

 

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