TOPIC INDEXJustification (28)
Martin Luther
  1. Thomas is an illustration of the power of Christ’s resurrection.
  2. Great things are contained in these seemingly unimportant words: "Behold, your king." Such boundless gifts are brought by this poor and despised king.
  3. God’s design in the Law is to enable man to know himself; to perceive the false and unjustified state of his heart; to discover how far he is from God and to disdain his own goodness.
  4. Grace remits sin, and peace quiets the conscience. Sin and conscience torment us, but Christ has overcome these fiends now and forever.
  5. The night has passed and the day broken. In response to the morning dawn, birds sing, beasts arouse themselves and all humanity arises.
  6. Faith is a living, bold trust in God’s grace, so certain of God’s favor that it would risk death a thousand times trusting in it.
  7. Christ strikes a blow first against the presumption of those who would storm their way into heaven by their good works.
  8. Our certainty is of Christ, that mighty hero who overcame the Law, sin, death, and all evils.
  9. God bestows faith that it should deal not with ordinary things, but with things no human being can master such as death, sin, the world, and Satan.
  10. The kingdom of Christ consists in finding all our praise and boast in grace. Other works should be free, not to be urged, nor should we wish by them to become Christians, but condescend with them to our neighbor.
  11. This is an excerpt from Martin Luther’s Commentary on Saint Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians (1535), written by Martin Luther and translated by Haroldo Camacho (1517 Publishing, 2018).
  12. Good works do not make a Christian, do not secure the grace of God and blot out our sins, they do not merit heaven.
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