Martin Luther

Luther on the Forgiveness of Sins on Earth

Luther on the Forgiveness of Sins on Earth

CPH is proud to announce the release of the newest volume in the Luther’s Works series: Church Postil V. The following excerpt is from a sermon Luther preached in 1524 and was selected as the conclusion for a sermon on Matthew 9:1–8, the Gospel reading for the Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity. Here Luther discusses “The Power to Forgive Sins(…)

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Luther on Baptism and the New Life in Christ

Luther on Baptism and the New Life in Christ

Volume 57 of Luther’s Works presents sermons by Martin Luther from the 1530s. During this period, much of the reformer’s preaching was topical, addressing key points of doctrine in response to internal and external challenges to the evangelical presentation of the Gospel. In January and February 1534, Luther preached a series of sermons on Baptism,(…)

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Luther on Prayer for the Dead and Communication with Spirits

Luther on Prayer for the Dead and Communication with Spirits

The following excerpt from Luther’s 1522 sermon for the First Sunday after Trinity provides the reformer’s commentary on prayer for the dead and communication with spirits. For the complete sermon, see Volume 78 of the American Edition of Luther’s Works.

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Luther on the New Birth from Water and the Spirit in Baptism

Luther on the New Birth from Water and the Spirit in Baptism

The following excerpt from Luther’s 1526 Trinity Sunday sermon provides the reformer’s commentary on the new birth Christians receive through water and the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. For the complete sermon, see Volume 78 of the American Edition of Luther’s Works.

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Luther on the Raising of Jairus’ Daughter

Luther on the Raising of Jairus’ Daughter

The following excerpt provides Luther’s commentary on Matt. 9:24: “[Christ] said, ‘Go away. The girl is not dead but sleeping,” and is taken from Luther’s Annotations on Matthew 1–18, as found in Volume 67 of the American Edition of Luther’s Works 

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What Does Luther Say about Trust in Christ?

What Does Luther Say about Trust in Christ?

As we pause this Ash Wednesday to reflect on our sinfulness and our need for a Savior, let us also meditate with Luther on the importance of trusting that Christ is truly our Savior from sin, death, and the devil. The following excerpt from Luther’s Church Postil comes from a sermon on Mark 16:1–8. What a(…)

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Where Our Treasure Lies, a devotion for January 11

Where Our Treasure Lies, a devotion for January 11

I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ. (Philippians 3:8) Where Our Treasure Lies Therefore, as the dear children and heirs of God, we ought to glory in neither our wisdom, nor strength, nor riches, but in this, that we have the “pearl(…)

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Luther on Christ’s Genealogy

Luther on Christ’s Genealogy

The following excerpt from Luther’s Annotations on Matthew 1–18 (found in volume 67 of the American Edition of Luther’s Works) provides the reformer’s commentary on Matthew’s genealogy of Christ found in the Gospel’s first chapter.

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Luther on the Development of the Creed

Luther on the Development of the Creed

Luther repeatedly pointed Christians old and new to the articles of the Apostles’ Creed as the simplest, most profound statement of faith. Not only did he address the Creed in his catechisms, but it found its way into his sermons with great frequency. The following excerpt from Luther’s 1535 Trinity Sunday sermon provides the reformer’s commentary on(…)

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Announcing the Release of Vol. 78 of Luther’s Works

Announcing the Release of Vol. 78 of Luther’s Works

The fourth volume in Concordia’s release of Luther’s Church Postil (sermons for the church year) offers Luther’s sermons for the Epistle and Gospel readings from Trinity Sunday through the Tenth Sunday after Trinity. Part of the ongoing translation of Luther’s Works, this volume also includes Luther’s Several Beautiful Sermons on 1 John, On Love (preached in 1532 and(…)

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