The Second Article of the Creed: Redemption

Luther’s exposition of the second article (…and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, etc…) of the Apostles’ Creed is great.  This is from his small catechism, and the question is, “What does this mean?”

“Answer: 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.”

Martin Luther, the Small Catechism, Part II, the second article.

shane lems