Luther was born in Germany in the late 15th century. He was a monk and a musician, but most importantly, a man of deep conviction committed to the truth.
Luther wanted to please God, and always found himself coming up short—until he realized that the Bible’s message was not about what he could do for God, but what God could do for him through Jesus Christ.
His personal angst led him to deep study of the Bible. The answers he found led him to confront the Roman Catholic Church for her misinterpretations and abuses of the Bible. The enlightenment he received led him to translate the Bible into German so anyone in his country could read it. This was dangerous, because God’s Word was locked behind the church doors, reserved only for the eyes of priests.
Luther stood up for the truth and the faith of his neighbors, and accidentally changed the world along the way. He started the Protestant Reformation, though not with the goal of either protest nor reform. Luther just wanted to be faithful to the Word of God, and that he was.
You are my righteousness,
I am your sin.
You have taken upon yourself what is mine and given me what is yours. You have become what you were not so that
I might become what
I was not.
But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
Luther: The Life and Legacy of the German Reformer documents the story of the man who, in the words of R.C. Sproul, “with a holy boldness…took his stand against the world.”
The highest of all God’s commands is this, that we ever hold up before our eyes the image of his dear Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. He must daily be to our hearts the perfect mirror, in which we behold how much God loves us and how well, in his infinite goodness, as a faithful God, he has grandly cared for us in that he gave his dear Son for us. Do not let this mirror and throne of grace be torn away from before your eyes.
The LORD of hosts
is with us.
The God of Jacob
is our fortress.
by Colin Holman at Christianity Today
Are our wills free to make choices between good and evil? Erasmus argued yes. Martin Luther responded to this question in his classic book, On the Bondage of the Will. Luther was so confident in this work, that he said all his books could be burned save this one and his Catechism.