04 March, 2011

Bernard on How the Devil Is Overthrown

"When sin is forgiven it is certain that the devil is driven out from the sinner's heart, and for this reason Christ embraced all sinners in His statement: 'Now sentence is being passed on this world, now the prince of this world is overthrown.' God removes the sin of the one who makes humble confession, and thereby the devil loses the sovereignty he had gained over the human heart."

Bernard of Clairvaux, Sermon 6.4, The Works of Bernard of Clairvaux (vol. 2); The Song of Songs I, pg. 34.

Note - This has obvious parallels with Luther's conception of man 'between God and the Devil' and the centrality of repentance and forgiveness in the Christian life.
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