Monday, October 30, 2023

Luther: faith from God

Monday, October 30, 2023
    Commemoration of Martin Luther, Teacher, Reformer, 1546
    For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
    —Romans 1:16-17 (KJV)
    It is as impossible to separate works from faith as burning and shining from fire. Be on guard against your own false ideas and against the chatterers who think they are clever enough to make judgements about faith and good works but who are in reality the biggest fools. Ask God to work faith in you; otherwise you will remain eternally without faith, no matter what you try to do or fabricate.
    ... Martin Luther (1483-1546), “Preface to the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans”, par. 15 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 1:16-17; Matt. 7:7-8; John 3:3; Rom. 3:21-22; 8:9-10; 1 Cor. 8:2; 2 Cor. 10:5; Eph. 2:8-9; Col. 2:2-4; 2 Tim. 2:23-24; Tit. 3:9; Jas. 2:20-22
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, increase my faith.
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