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 gracious God we have to send His only Son into the flesh so that through His death and resurrection we may be reconciled with God and may now call Christ our Brother and God our Father in complete confidence! [Read more…] about What Does Luther Say about Trust in Christ?
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 of great value” (Matthew 13:46), the dear Word, through which we know God, our dear Father, and Jesus Christ, whom He has sent (John 17:3). That is our treasure and heritage, and it is sure and eternal and better than all worldly possessions. [Read more…] about Where Our Treasure Lies, a devotion for January 11
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 the development of the Creed and his use of the Creed to distinguish the persons of the Trinity and their unique works. For the complete sermon, see Volume 78 of the American Edition of Luther’s Works, due to release this month.
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 first published in 1533).