Faith and works, a quote by Martin Luther

[The Christian] ought to think: “Although I am an unworthy and condemned man, my God has given me in Christ all the riches of righteousness and salvation without and merit on my part, out of pure, free mercy, so that from now on I need nothing except faith which believes that this is true. Why should I not therefore freely, joyfully, with all my heart, and with an eager will do all things which I know are pleasing and acceptable to such a Father who has overwhelmed me with his inestimable riches? I will therefore give myself as a Christ to my neighbor, just as Christ offered himself to me; I will do nothing in this life except what I see is necessary, profitable, and salutary to my neighbor, since through faith I have an abundance of all good things in Christ.”

On Christian Liberty, by Martin Luther

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On Christian Liberty is my first book of 2014. It’s the length of an essay, but it’s in a printed book form. I’ve been meaning to read some more of Luther’s writings, so I figured that beginning with this major item was a good start.

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