-Hans Iwand (The Righteousness of Faith According to Luther)
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
"Thus, faith teaches us to despair of ourselves and to choose something outside of ourselves as the foundation that will make a new life possible. Luther calls it: extra nos, that is, in Christo (outside us, i.e., in Christ). Whereas morality seeks willingly to put new patches on the old clothes, grace means eternally much more. It means that God intends that we be clothed anew, wholly and completely, with the clothing of a better righteousness woven from God's hands which we have in Jesus Christ."