Catechism 29

Francisco de Zurbarán -Agnus Dei
Francisco de Zurbarán – Agnus Dei

How can we be saved?

Only by faith in Jesus Christ and in his substitutionary atoning death on the cross; so even though we are guilty of having disobeyed God and are still inclined to all evil, nevertheless, God, without any merit of our own but only by pure grace, imputes to us the perfect righteousness of Christ when we repent and believe in him.

(New City Catechism)

 

Without excuse, I

testify within me to

this daily sickness,

this ever-reaching backward

to the garden’s first death-fruits.

 

Without excuse, I

cannot grasp my way towards

what once should have been.

Too late, I have only death;

but rich mercy intercedes.

 

No excuse and no

justice: righteousness given

to the least righteous.

Perfect life lived in my stead,

lived on this beggar’s behalf.

 

How can we be saved?

No excuse, we cry, desperate.

The answer, senseless,

replies: only faith, only

grace which pays infinite price.

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