Friday, July 28, 2023

Handel: a musician's surety

Friday, July 28, 2023
    Commemoration of Johann Sebastian Bach, musician, 1750
    [Paul:] “We who are Jews by birth and not ‘Gentile sinners’ know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified.”
    —Galatians 2:15-16 (NIV)
    What a wonderful thing it is to be sure of one’s faith! How wonderful to be a member of the evangelical church, which preaches the free grace of God through Christ as the hope of sinners! If we were to rely on our works—my God, what would become of us?
    ... George Frideric Handel (1685-1759), What Luther Says: an anthology, v. II, Martin Luther & Ewald Martin Plass, ed., Concordia Pub. House, 1959, p. 612 fn (see the book)
    See also Gal. 2:15-16; Matt. 5:20; Acts 13:38-39; Rom. 3:22-24; 4:13; 2 Cor. 1:19-20; Eph. 2:8-9; Tit. 3:4-7; 1 Thess. 1:4-5; 1 John 3:14
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, by my works I am condemned but saved only through Your grace.
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