Gazing upon Christ

[Christ] gave Himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father.
Gazing upon Christ
[As Christ does in the Gospel of John, here Paul] calls us back to the will of the Father, so that in [Christ's] words and works we are to look, not at Him but at the Father. For Christ came into the world so that He might take hold of us and so that we, by gazing upon Christ, might be drawn and carried directly to the Father. As we have warned you before, there is no hope that any saving knowledge of God can come by speculating about the majesty of God; this can come only by taking hold of Christ, who, by the will of the Father, has given Himself into death for our sins. When you have grasped this, then all wrath stops, and fear and trembling disappear; and God appears as nothing by the merciful One who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all (Romans 8:32).

From Lectures on Galatians (1535) (Luther's Works 26:42)
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