Citizens of the United States have just concluded another observance of Independence Day, a commemoration of our independence from England and an opportunity to celebrate the freedoms we enjoy as Americans. But what does it mean to have freedom as a Christian? Martin Luther’s Christian Freedom shows us that we find real freedom only in the Gospel and at the cross of Christ, not in the things of this world. Luther connects the struggle to make God-pleasing choices in this life with the continued study of Scripture and with God’s gracious gift of salvation in Christ.
The following excerpt from Christian Freedom: Faith Working through Love explores the relationship of the outward man, good works, and faith.