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Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.
The Collect.

O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Belgic Confession: Article 23: Of the Justice by Which We Stand Before God

Article 23: Of the Justice by Which we Stand Before God

We believe that our blessedness lies in the forgiveness of our sins for Jesus Christ's sake and that therein our righteousness before God[1] consists, as David and Paul teach us. They pronounce a blessing upon the man to whom God reckons righteousness apart from works (Rom 4:6; Ps 32:1). The apostle also says that we are justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus (Rom 3:24).[2]

Therefore we always hold to this firm foundation. We give all the glory to God,[3] humble ourselves before Him, and acknowledge ourselves to be what we are. We do not claim anything for ourselves or our merits,[4] but rely and rest on the only obedience of Jesus Christ crucified;[5] His obedience is ours when we believe in Him.[6]

This is sufficient to cover all our iniquities and to give us confidence in drawing near to God, freeing our conscience of fear, terror, and dread, so that we do not follow the example of our first father, Adam, who trembling tried to hide and covered himself with fig leaves.[7] For indeed, if we had to appear before God, relying - be it ever so little - on ourselves or some other creature, (woe be to us!) we would be consumed.[8] Therefore everyone must say with David, O LORD, enter not into judgment with Thy servant, for no man living is righteous before Thee (Ps 143:2).

[1] 1 Jn 2:1. [2] 2 Cor 5:18, 19; Eph 2:8; 1 Tim 2:6. [3] Ps 115:1; Rev 7:10-12. [4] 1 Cor 4:4; Jas 2:10. [5] Acts 4:12; Heb 10:20. [6] Rom 4:23-25. [7] Gen 3:7; Zeph 3:11; Heb 4:16; 1 Jn 4:17-19. [8] Lk 16:15; Phil 3:4-9.

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