Monday, March 31, 2008
The Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Article II Original Sin--Philip Melanchthon
"The knowledge of original sin is absolutely necessary. The magnitude of Christ's grace cannot be understood unless our diseases are recognized. (Christ says in Matthew 9:12 and Mark 2:17, 'Those who are well have no need of a physician.') The entire notion that a person is righteous is mere hypocrisy before God. We must acknowledge that our heart is, by nature, destitute of fear, love, and confidence in God...
...we will never be able to recognize Christ's benefits unless we understand our evils."