I do have certainty and not because of my own ability to reason. Instead it is because God sent His Son to die on a cross and rise from the dead, thereby conquering sin and death—indeed, He was punished, crucified, died and rose from the grave for my sins—around this time of the year some two thousand years ago. That historical fact is the center of all biblical truth. If Christ has not risen from the dead, then the center piece of Christian doctrine, justification by faith alone, is a sham as well as all other Christian teachings (1 Cor. 15:14).
If we are wrong about about the person and work of Jesus Christ, we would then be hopelessly trying to save ourselves by our own works as the pagans do. We would be lost in despair and in ourselves, always looking inward for that “magic moment” of relief from the accusations of the law written on our hearts.
I know the truth because of what Christ did for me and continues to do for us all through His Word and Sacraments. If coming to the knowledge of the truth in Christ had been left up to my rational scrambling and seeking, to my works at finding the truth, I would have never known it. Yes, I would have been “…always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth” (2 Tim. 3:7).
Go to the source and read the rest of this great witness of faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
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