By Martin Luther
Undying insights from probably the most vital humans in church historical past. a few humans price reliable works rather a lot that they omit religion in Christ. religion can be first.... it truly is faith---without stable works and ahead of sturdy works---that takes us to heaven. We come to God via religion on my own. ---Martin Luther Resounding around the centuries, Martin Luther's prolific writings as a pastor, theologian, student, Bible translator, father, and extra, stay robust and richly correct. religion by myself is a treasury of available devotionals taken from Luther's top writings and sermons from the years 1513 via 1546. This rigorously up-to-date translation keeps the that means, tone, and imagery of Luther's works. via day-by-day readings, Luther's trouble-free technique demanding situations you to a extra considerate religion. learn one short part an afternoon or discover issues utilizing the topic index at the back of the e-book. religion by myself will deepen your knowing of Scripture and assist you extra absolutely savor the secret of religion.
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Heaven is opened wide and hell is shut with words like these: “I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips” (Psalm 34:1). But as soon as we stop praising God, miserable, lonely, sad thoughts return. That’s what happened to Joseph when he remembered how his brothers had sold him. They were at home having a good time while he was lying in prison, tied up and miserable. This is how the devil works. When the water becomes troubled, he likes to fish. He uses these opportunities to tempt people to abandon their faith and give up in despair.
If you wonder what a humble, pure, obedient, and happy heart in God is like, then think of the angels praising God. This is their first priority as they live in God’s presence. The second characteristic is that angels love us, just as we are taught to love other people. Here you see what wonderful, great friends they are to us. They love us as much as themselves, and they celebrate our salvation as if it were their own. They give us good reason to regard them as highly as we would our best friends.
Earlier in this book, Christ also says, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:35). So there are two parts of Christian teaching that we must emphasize daily. Neither faith nor works can be ignored. For when faith isn’t preached—when no one explains how we are joined to Christ and become branches in him—then everyone resorts to their own works. On the other hand, when we teach only about faith, this lopsidedness leads to false Christians. These people praise faith, are baptized, and even call themselves Christians, but they don’t show any fruit or power.