This thought struck me last night while driving home from my parent's house--Jesus redeemed us knowing we would continue to sin. It would have been one thing if in our redeemed state we never sinned again, but we are redeemed reprobates. Not only did Christ die for us "while we were yet sinners," (Romans 5:8) he died for us who still sin even after redemption.
Because of my continual sin, "I'm so thankful," as Caedmon's Call sings, "that I'm incapable of doing any good on my own." Any good I do doesn't make one bit of difference. "All my righteous acts are like filthy rags," Isaiah says. I'm damned all the same. Or was, until Jesus came along. Now, when God looks at me, He sees the righteousness of Jesus. (1 Corinthians 1:30) We are justified through faith alone by grace alone in Christ alone, as the Reformation emphasized. I am so thankful that "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the worst." (1 Timothy 1:15)