From the Word

 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 

   During this calendar year my articles have been about various parts of the Catechism.  I have attempted to deal with the subject matter in a concise way that would fit the space available for my article.  This month we come to the 2nd Article of the Apostle’s Creed; the person and work of Jesus.  I can’t find a way to be concise on that subject, so I am borrowing what I believe to be the finest brief discussion of the 2nd Article I have ever encountered, Luther’s explanation from the Small Catechism.  I hope it renews the same appreciation for God’s grace that I always receive from reading it. 
   “I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the Virgin Mary, is my Lord. He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil. He did this not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death, so that I may be His own, live under Him in His kingdom, and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as He is risen from the dead, lives and reigns to all eternity. This is most certainly true