Need a Lift?

One of the most constant dangers that Christians face is the temptation to think that our sin is greater than God’s grace. It isn’t. Paul points this out rather extensively in Romans 5:15-17, where the entire theme is “how much more” is God’s grace than all sin in the world. Phillip Melanchthon’s commentary on the passage is worth quoting here for its pastoral sensitivity:

“The godly should diligently consider this superiority of grace in order that they may oppose it to the magnitutde of their sin and to their present weakness. No sin, no matter how great, ought to be considered greater than grace (p. 139 of the Kramer translation).”


  1. Chris Donato said,

    May 18, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Much needed reminder. We must beat back, strangle, if you will, the magnitude of our sin with the superiority of God’s grace.

  2. May 18, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    He continues (finishing the paragraph): “Likewise, although the saints are still weak, they should know that grace is more fruitful.”

    For those interested in obtaining the book, the full reference is: “Commentary on Romans” by Philip Melanchthon; translated from the Latin (German?) by Fred Kramer (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1992). The translation was published the year after Dr. Kramer died in 1991, aged 89. He, by the way, was also the translator of Martin Chemnitz’s huge “Examination of the Council of Trent,” published by Concordia in four volumes (1971-1986).

  3. Christina said,

    May 18, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Yes, I needed the lift! : )

    This was beautiful. Thank you.

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