Chapter Seven: The Means of Grace
The knowledge and benefit of Christ’s redemption from sin is brought to the human race through the means of grace, namely the Word and the sacraments.
—Church of the Lutheran Brethren Doctrinal Statement of Faith, Paragraph G
The benefit of Christ’s redemption from sin is described in this fifth paragraph of the CLB Statement of Faith. The Bible tells us that the results of Christ’s redemption are incredibly far reaching.
We read in 2 Corinthians 5:19, “God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them.” This is a broad, magnificent statement indicating the universal scope of Jesus’ work. This is consistent with other statements in the Bible. John the Baptist introduced Jesus as “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). John the disciple declared Jesus to be “the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 2:2).
By his death Jesus Christ atoned for all sins ever committed by humanity: past, present, and future. There is no human sin for which Christ has not already borne the punishment. God no longer counts humanity’s sins against us. No wonder they call it good news.
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