“There Is No Sinner For Whom Christ Did Not Die” — Samuel Nafzger

As a result of Jesus’ death and resurrection from the dead, there is hope for all of us! Dr. Samuel Nafzger reminds us of this truth in the following excerpt from his article that is published in the Concordia Journal:

The Lutheran approach to the confession of the gospel holds that God’s grace in Christ Jesus is universal.  It embraces all people of all times and all places.  There is no sinner for whom Christ did not die.  There is no sin for which Christ has not already shed his blood. Forgiveness has already been won for our innate sinfulness (original sin) and for every actual sin that has ever been committed or ever will be committed. When Jesus said on the cross that “it is finished’ (John 19:30), the forgiveness of sins was won for the whole world. It means that God has removed our sin as far as the east is from the west. He ‘has buried’ our sin(s) there — and ‘has forgotten’ where he buried them, because the blood of Jesus Christ has washed them away.

Theologians call this teaching ‘objective justification.’ It is the purest gospel — music to the sinner’s ear — for who does not need to hear this message in dark moments of the soul when the enormity of our sin would drive us to despair, when the devil would use the littleness of our faith to devour us by telling us that our sins are too great, too numerous, too heinous for God to forgive? But since the universality of the gospel is the ‘gospel truth,’ there is hope for us all.

From: “An Introduction to Confessing the Gospel: A Lutheran Approach to Systematic Theology,” by Samuel H. Nafzger, Concordia Journal, Spring 2018, p. 59.

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