03 February 2010

Melanchthon: Better By Far

On April 17, 1560, Philip Melanchthon was two days away from death. He asked friends of his to take him into his study, where he silently looked around at his books. He could not walk, but was placed in a bed in his study. He asked those gathered around for a piece of paper to be brought to him. With trembling hand he wrote on it the reasons why he was glad to die. On one side he wrote:

You shall be done with sin.
You shall be free from trouble and vexations and from the fury of the theologians.

On the other side he wrote:

You shall come into the light.
You shall see God.
You shall behold the Son of God.
You shall learn the secret mysteries which in this life you cannot understand--why we are created as we are, and what is the character of the union of the two natures of Christ.

HT: David Calhoun

1 comment:

Ray Ortlund said...

The fury of the theologians!