Saturday, May 28, 2022

Luther: original sin

Saturday, May 28, 2022
    Commemoration of Lanfranc, Prior of Le Bec, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1089
“Your first father sinned;
    your spokesmen rebelled against me.
So I will disgrace the dignitaries of your temple,
    and I will consign Jacob to destruction
    and Israel to scorn.”
    —Isaiah 43:27-28 (NIV)
    Original sin is in us, like the beard—we are shaved today and look clean, and have a smooth chin; tomorrow our beard has grown again, nor does it cease growing while we remain on earth. In like manner original sin cannot be extirpated from us as long as we exist. Nevertheless, we are bound to resist it to our utmost strength, and to cut it down unceasingly.
    ... Martin Luther (1483-1546), in The Life of Luther, M. Michelet, London: David Bogue, 1846, p. 267 (see the book)
    See also Isa. 43:27-28; Ps. 51:2; 90:7-8; Luke 6:45; John 8:34; Rom. 5:12; 6:23; 7:22-24; 14:23; 1 Cor. 15:22; Heb. 12:14
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, give me Your strength to defeat sin in my life.
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