I appreciate this dialogue I found in a footnote from Robert Reymond’s book, The Reformation’s Conflict With Rome: Why it Must Continue. It was written by Anselm of Canterbury to console a dying Christian (d. 1109).
Q. Do you rejoice, brother, that you are dying in the Christian Faith?
A. I do rejoice.
Q. Do you confess that you have lived so wickedly, that eternal punishment is due to your own merits?
A. I confess it.
Q. Do you repent of this?
A. I do repent.
Q. Do you have the willingness to amend your life, if you had time?
A. I have.
Q. Do you believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for you?
A. I believe it.
Q. Do you thank Him for His passion and death?
A. I do thank Him.
Q. Do you believe that you cannot be saved except by His death?
A. I believe it.
Come then, while life remains in you, in His death alone place your whole trust; in nothing else place any trust; to His death commit yourself wholly; with this alone cover yourself wholly; in this enwrap yourself wholly. And if the Lord your God wishes to judge you, say, “Lord, between Your judgment and me I present the death of our Lord Jesus Christ; in no other way can I contend with You.” And if He shall say that you are a sinner; you say, “Lord, I interpose the death of our Lord Jesus Christ between my sins and You.” If He says that you have deserved condemnation; say, “Lord, I set the death of our Lord Jesus Christ between my evil deserts and You; and His merits I offer for those which I ought to have, but have not.” If He says that He is angry with you; say, “Lord I set the death of our Lord Jesus Christ between Your wrath and me.” And when you hast completed this, say again, “Lord, I set the death of our Lord Jesus Christ between You and me.”