Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Christ Hath Paid Thy Debt

Patrick Hamilton was Scotland's first Protestant martyr. He was executed because he decided to follow the teachings of Martin Luther that say we are justified by faith and not by works.

He was convicted, sentenced and burned at the stake on February 29, 1528 at the age of 25.

On the difference between the voice of the Law and the voice of the Gospel he wrote:

The Law saith to the sinner, ‘Pay thy debt.’
The Gospel saith, ‘Christ hath paid it;’

The Law saith, ‘Thou art a sinner, despair, thou shalt be damned.’
The Gospel saith, ‘Thy sins are forgiven thee. Be of good comfort, thou shalt be saved.’

The Law saith, ‘Make amends for thy sin.’

The Gospel saith, ‘Christ hath made it for thee.”

The Law saith, ‘The Father of Heaven is angry with thee.’
The Gospel saith, ‘Christ hath pacified Him with His blood.’

The Law saith, ‘Where is thy righteousness, goodness, and satisfaction?’

The Gospel saith, ‘Christ is thy righteousness, goodness and satisfaction.’

The Law saith, ‘Thou art bound and obliged unto me, to the devil, and to hell.’
The Gospel saith, ‘Christ hath delivered thee from them all.’

The winds of gospel freedom will always be refreshment for the weary soul!

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