To Know Christ

Christ Jesus ... became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption.
1 CORINTHIANS 1:30
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To Know Christ
You may ask, 'What does it mean to know Christ? Or, what does He bring us?" Answer: You learn to know Christ when you comprehend the words of the apostle recorded in 1 Corinthians 1:30, "Christ was given to us by God to be our wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption." You comprehend this fully when you realize that all your wisdom is damnable stupidity, your righteousness damnable unrighteousness, your purity damnable impurity, your redemption miserable damnation; and when you thus discover that before God and all creatures you are actually a fool, a sinner, an unclean and condemned man, and when you show not only with words but also with all your heart and your deeds that you are left with no other comfort and salvation than the fact that Christ is given you by God and that you believe in Him and partake of Him, whose righteousness alone can preserve you, as you appeal to it and rely on it.

From Exposition of the Lord's Prayer for Simple Laymen (Luther's Works 42:58)
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