January 8, 2017
Today, we celebrate our "kick off" of this year of celebration.
Let us each pray that this year is uplifting and informative as Luther is reintroduced to us in a more in-depth and sometimes personal manner.
Let's observe together the absolute blessing and freedom our loving Lord gave to us by way of Martin Luther.
This is an exciting time in our history as a people of faith and fellowship in Christ.
Blessings in Christ.
The cow walks in grass up to the belly. Just so we, too, are truly well supplied in our time with the rich, full pasture of the divine Word. God grant that we gratefully use it and become fat and strong from it.
What Luther says
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When Christ was baptized, all three Persons of the Trinity were present...and the heavens stood open. Not only are sins forgiven in baptism, but we are also made sure and certain that God is so well pleased with it that He, together with Christ and His Holy Spirit, proposes to be present when it is administered and He Himself will be the Baptizer.
Rev. Martin Luther
God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit daily stand about and at the side of our own Baptism. The true Christian's whole life after baptism is but a waiting for the manifestation of the salvation already his.
from a sermon of Rev. Martin Luther
God pours out upon us in baptism super-abundant blessings...This one solid and unsinkable ship stays on, and it is never splintered into drifting timbers. It carries all who are brought to the heaven of salvation.
Sermon and The Babylonian Captivity of the Church
Rev. Martin Luther on Holy Scripture
For some years now I have read through the Bible twice every year. If you picture the Bible to be a mighty tree...First I shake the whole apple tree, that the ripest might fall. Then I climb the tree and shake each limb, and then each branch and then each twig, and then I look under each leaf...because I wanted to know what it was and what it meant (LW 54:165). The Word is so effective...whenever it is seriously contemplated...it is bound never to be without fruit. You will not start a stronger incense or...fumigation against the devil that by being engaged upon God's commandments and words, and speaking, singing, or thinking of them...For he cannot hear or endure Gold's Word the power of God which gives the devil burning pain, and strengthens, comfort and helps us beyond measure. Whenever God's Word is taught...heard, read, or meditated upon, the person, day, and work are sanctified. This is not because of the outward work, but because of the Word, which makes saints of us all (Luther's Large Catechism). The clergy has not been called and instituted for anything but the ministry of the Word (Christian Freedom). There is nothing I want more than to make His Gospel known to the world and to convert many people (LW 26:379).
The witness of God does not come to us except through the spoken or written Word...Let reason, the enemy of faith, stay far away from this matter...That which is to lead us to heaven must be something above our reason (What Luther Says). Christ has accomplished everything, has removed sin and overcome every enemy...But the treasure...is not yet disturbed...if we are to possess it, the Holy Spirit must come and teach our hearts to believe through the preaching of the Gospel and say: "I, too, am one of those who are to have this treasure (Sermon)." The Holy Spirit Himself and God, the Creator of all things, is the Author of this Book. If you want to interpret well...set Christ before you, for He is the Man to whom it [Scripture] all applies, every bit of it (Rev. Martin Luther).
From the beginning God has sent into the world a two-fold word or message, the Law and the Gospel. These two messages must be rightly distinguished one from the other and properly understood (Sermon). As the dry earth thirsts for rain, so the Law makes the troubled heart thirst for Christ...Only then are Christ and His work understood correctly (Commentary on Galatians).
The chief function...of the Law is that it reveal original sin...and show man how very low his nature has fallen, and...become utterly corrupted. The Law must tell man that he has no God nor cares for God, and worships other gods, a matter which before and without the Law he would not have believed. In this way he becomes terrified, is humbled...and anxiously desires aid, but sees no escape; he begins to be an enemy of God...This is...true sorrow of heart, suffering and sensation of death...
But to this office the New Testament immediately adds the...promise of grace through the Gospel...The Gospel brings consolation and remission not only in one way, but through the Word and Sacraments...against the dreadful captivity of sin (The Smalcald Articles). What is the Gospel?...Christ gave His body and shed His blood for us for the forgiveness of sins...that thus sinners, despairing of their own efforts might cling to Christ alone...the Victor over sin and death and Giver of righteousness, salvation, and life eternal (What Luther Says). He pledges...not only to pardon all our sins, but...to create in us love and delight in keeping His Law (Sermon). The Gospel...is a Word of Life...it must exercise all its energy in times of death. If then death and corruption are not at work, it can do nothing...no one discovers that it possesses such power and is stronger than sin and death. God's house is the place where God's Word is...His presence through which He makes Himself known and...reveals His grace (What Luther Says).
Eve...had God's Word. If she had clung to it, she would not have fallen. But when the devil saw that she held the Word loosely, he tore it from her heart. She let it go, and the devil won (Through Faith Alone). It is not sufficient to begin to believe...Do not retreat...persevere in it (Christian Freedom). The noblest...work we can perform for God...is bringing other people...to the knowledge of God by the Holy Gospel...Go, and do not be silent. You are not the only one to be saved (What Luther Says).
These are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ,
the Son of God,
you may have
life in His name.
St. John 20:31
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