Eschatology, Eschatology, Eschatology…

If Christianity be not altogether thoroughgoing eschatology, there remains in it no relationship whatever with Christ…. All that is not hope is wooden, hobbledehoy, blunt-edged, and sharp-pointed, like the word `Reality’….But to wait is the most profound truth of our normal, everyday life and work, quite apart from being Christians…. We ask nothing better or higher than the Cross, where God is manifested as God. We must, in fact, be servants who wait for the coming of their Lord.
Karl Barth, The Epistle to the Romans

Don’t Be An Imaginary Sinner!

If you are a preacher of mercy, do not preach an imaginary but the true mercy. If the mercy is true, you must therefore bear the true, not an imaginary sin. God does not save those who are only imaginary sinners. Be a sinner, and let your sins be strong, but let your trust in Christ be stronger, and rejoice in Christ who is the victor over sin, death, and the world. We will commit sins while we are here, for this life is not a place where justice resides. We, however, says Peter (2. Peter 3:13) are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth where justice will reign. It suffices that through God’s glory we have recognized the Lamb who takes away the sin of the world. No sin can separate us from Him, even if we were to kill or commit adultery thousands of times each day. Do you think such an exalted Lamb paid merely a small price with a meager sacrifice for our sins? Pray hard for you are quite a sinner.

– Martin Luther, A Letter  to Melanchthon Letter no. 99, 1 August 1521,