This shirt bears one of Dr. Martin Luther''s most well-known phrases, "Simul Iustus et Peccator" or "At Once Justified and Sinner" (also commonly translated as "Simultaneously Sinner and Saint").
Being baptized into Christ's death and resurrection, the sinner is declared blameless, Jesus' righteousness being imputed to the sinner's account for Jesus' sake. This concept of justification is the core of the Gospel rediscovered in the Reformation of the 16th century.
We live in a sinful world which ever tempts Christians to please God with their own works in order to earn and maintain their salvation. This shirt helps push back in the understanding that we Christians remain sinners, even in faith, and always need the perfect works of Jesus imputed to us since all our works will always be as "filthy rags" to God. The only thing that we have to offer toward our salvation is our sin.
But in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and in and through baptism and the Lord's Supper, God forgives us sinners. We fix our eyes on Christ—the Perfector of our faith—and in Him remain confident that God sees Christ's merit in our stead.
Wear this simple, yet powerful message and spread the good news of Christ's Gospel! It is for freedom that Christ has set us free! (Gal 5:1)
- Classic fit
- 100% Cotton
- Light fabric – 6.0 oz
- Sewn in label