Saturday, October 30, 2021

Luther: faith is unshakable confidence

Saturday, October 30, 2021
    Commemoration of Martin Luther, Teacher, Reformer, 1546
    You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.
    —Romans 8:9 (NIV)
    Faith is a living, unshakeable confidence in God’s grace; it is so certain, that someone would die a thousand times for it. This kind of trust in and knowledge of God’s grace makes a person joyful, confident, and happy with regard to God and all creatures. This is what the Holy Spirit does by faith. Through faith, a person will do good to everyone without coercion, willingly and happily; he will serve everyone, suffer everything for the love and praise of God, who has shown him such grace. It is as impossible to separate works from faith as burning and shining from fire.
    ... Martin Luther (1483-1546), “Preface to the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans”, par. 15 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 8:9-10; John 3:3; Rom. 1:16-17; 3:21-22; Eph. 2:8-9
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have granted Your people the liberty of faith.
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