Category Archives: Klaus Schwarzwäller

We Are God’s Beloved Enemies

Justification by faith makes us realize that we are loved sinners, that we are God’s beloved enemies. In short, we are lost people under God’s grace. So is the world as a while. Whatever we see, achieve, possess, or try to do is lost; even the tanks of the dictators or the riches of the bankers are doomed to decay. And whatever good deeds I myself do cannot set aside this predicament; they may truly be good deeds or they may only seem so. For this is not the point. The point is this: Who am I in God’s eyes? And he responds, “You are my enemy whom I love and therefore lead to salvation. So leave yourself in my hands; my will is known and found in Jesus Christ. Then you will be my child and my friend and will not have to sustain yourself. As my child and my friend you need not be concerned about your own person. Thus you are free to look around and to concentrate on others and things outside your own person and its interest.”

Dr. Klaus Schwarzwäller (1935-2012), “Justification and Reality”, in Justification Is For Preaching