A saying like “take up your cross” can be a word of wrath to the Old Adam: “You must die!” The same saying, however, spoken by the crucified one who took up my cross, can be a word of life: “You are dead”—that is, crucified with Christ. Luther’s Freedom of the Christian is to the point: “The promises of God give what the commandments of God demand and fulfill what the law prescribes…He alone commands, he alone fulfills.

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