Before the world Christ is killed, condemned, and descends into hell. But before God this is the salvation of the whole world from the beginning all the way to the end.
Therefore in every work and thought, especially in sufferings, when Christians are afflicted, if you are a believer, do not reach a conclusion about your life and actions. Otherwise you will err. You are mute, foolish, tried, and a captive; and you can neither speak nor judge correctly concerning your affairs. The psalmist says: “Wait for the Lord (Ps. 27:14), and do not be offended, murmur or despair.” For you do not give the right name to your works or sufferings. Your judgment is false; your speech is erroneous; your wisdom is folly. But it is God’s will that the old man be destroyed and the flesh be mortified; but while it is being destroyed and mortified, it speaks falsehoods and makes foolish judgments.
Luther’s works, vol. 8: Lectures on Genesis: Chapters 45-50