Our Sure Confidence

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us.
GALATIANS 3:13
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Our Sure Confidence
With gratitude and with a sure confidence, therefore, let us accept this doctrine, so sweet and so filled with comfort, which teaches that Christ became a curse for us, that is, a sinner worthy of the wrath of God; that He clothed Himself in our person, laid our sins upon His own shoulders, and said: "I have committed the sins that all men have committed." Therefore He truly became accursed according to the Law, not for Himself but, as Paul says, ["for us”] . . .. But because He took upon Himself our sins, not by compulsion but of His own free will, it was right for Him to hear the punishment and the wrath of God—not for His own Person, which was righteous and invincible and therefore could not become guilty, but for our person. By this fortunate exchange with us He took upon Himself our sinful person and granted us His innocent and victorious Person.

From Lectures on Galatians (1535) (Luther's Works 26:283-84)
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