March 21, 2008

The Cost of Forgiveness

"It is significant that the discovery of the suffering and death of Christ as a fearful reality went hand in hand with a new realization of the seriousness of sin and of its forgiveness. There is nothing to equal this in the ancient church. Much can be said against what was taught about sin and its forgiveness in the Middle Ages. No one at that time grasped the depth of the Biblical understanding of sin. The whole system of penance was faulty, yes, a denial of the Gospel. Yet the observation of Claus Harms remains true: At that time people at least still felt sin and let forgiveness cost them something, and therefore the Middle Ages stood higher than the modern world."

-Hermann Sasse, "The Theology of the Cross" (in We Confess Jesus Christ, p43)

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