What Justification Teaches us about Christ
Here Dr Karl Graul presents in his essay what Justification teaches us about the person of Christ. Namely that He is the sole Mediator who is both God and man. He also includes a quote from Luther speaking of Christ and His work.
The justified Christian looked upward to the Triune God; now he looks down and sees before him Golgotha, with the cross of Jesus Christ His justification tells him further that Jesus Christ alone is our Redeemer. But in order that Christ might stand in our place in the presence of God’s wrath, it was necessary that He should be very God as well as very man, and that not only once or for the time being, but even now yet. As there on the cross on Golgotha all the eternal love of God burned in the heart of the dying Savior, so today yet a human heart beats up there in heaven in the Triune God. Intimately and inseparably Divinity and humanity are united in the person of Jesus. For only as such can He be and remain our sole Mediator. Luther says in the Church Postil: “But if the wrath of God is to be taken away from me and I am to receive grace and forgiveness, it must be secured for me by some one; for God cannot look with favor upon sins, He can not be gracious nor remove the punishment and wrath, except some one has earned it of Him. Now, for the eternal, irreparable loss and everlasting wrath of God which by our sins we have merited, no one could render satisfaction, not even an angel in heaven, except the eternal Person, God’s Son Himself, and that in this way, that He placed Himself in our stead, took upon Himself our sins, answered for them as though He Himself were guilty, etc. This our dear Lord and only Savior and Mediator before God, Jesus Christ, has done by the shedding of His blood and His death, when He became a sacrifice for us, and by His holiness, innocence and righteousness cancelled, nay, completely destroyed all sin and wrath under which He was placed for us, and offered merit so complete that God is now satisfied and says: He who obtains His help, has help indeed.”