Posts Posted in June 2022

 

No, We Can’t

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:20 and 1 Corinthians 15:10

"Did the law ever love me? Did the law ever sacrifice itself for me? Did the law ever die for me?" Just so, my efforts to keep the law will not save me.

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Pardon Me

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:20 and 1 John 1:8-10

"If I, a condemned sinner, could have been purchased and redeemed by any other price, why should the Son of God have given Himself for me?"

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The Whosover

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:20 and John 3:16

If I could by work or merit love the Son of God and come to him, why should he have sacrificed himself for me, a wretched and damnable sinner?

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Presumption

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:20 and 1 Peter 1:17-19

When you hear that such an enormous price was paid for you, will you come with your religious devotion, your celibacy, your so-called merits?

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A Whole Heart for the Half-hearted

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:20 and Matthew 22:34-40

My ignorant and willful wickedness is so great that it is impossible for me to be saved by any other means than the inestimable price of Christ’s death.

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Cain or Abel

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: 1 John 3:10–12

In Cain, we see the hateful world, and on the other hand, that poor, abject Abel well represents the obscure little brotherhood: the Church of Christ.

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Put to Rights

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:20 and 2 Corinthians 5:14-19

Natural and civil notions of one's best being good enough may hold true in those arenas, but not in the spiritual realm where only Christ will do.

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Doing Your Best

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:20 and Colossians 3:23-24

Natural and civil notions of one's best being good enough may hold true in those arenas, but not in the spiritual realm where only Christ will do.

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The Draw of God

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:20 and 1 Timothy 4:13-16

Spiritual life originates in the heart by faith where Christ reigns with his Spirit, who works all things in us over the protests of the flesh.

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The Interior Life

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:20 and 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

Spiritual life originates in the heart by faith where Christ reigns with his Spirit, who works all things in us over the protests of the flesh.

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The Greatest Testimony

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:20 and Hebrews 13:16

That one who fails time and again to look like a Christian or feel like one, but keeps her faith in Christ when she looks faithless, is a great Christian.

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If You Love Me

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: John 14:15–17

Experience teaches how difficult it is to keep Christ's Word, but the Christian will love Christ, his Word, and his kingdom more than all things of the earth.

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The Spiritual Mind

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:20 and Romans 8:9-11

"I cannot teach, write, pray, or give thanks without the instrumentality of the flesh; yet these activities do not proceed from the flesh, but from God.”

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The Real Phil

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:20 and Romans 7:14-20

Paul does not deny the fact that he is living in the flesh but he says that this is not his real life, that his life in the flesh is not a life after the flesh.

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Leave

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Genesis 2:24

God uses marriage to get us out of our parents' homes so we may grow up, make a home and family of our own, and enjoy the blessings of that estate.

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Which Came First?

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:20 and Philippians 1:6

"When we have become righteous, then first are we able and willing to do good. The tree makes the apple; the apple does not make the tree."

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Woman

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Genesis 2:21–23

One of the sweetest pleasures of Christian marriage is not sexual, that the blessing of the sense of completeness at being merely with one another.

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Bless

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: 1 Peter 3:8–9

You may be a blessing to your neighbor because you know you are a child of God, received into his grace, and living in the sure hope of salvation.

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One with Christ

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:20 and 2 Peter 1:3-4

Whenever we separate the person of Christ from our own person, we live under the law and not in Christ, condemned by the Law, dead before God.

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Delusions

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Psalm 4:2

If the affections and thoughts of men are without faith in God, they are without Christ and his Word, and therefore, they are without the truth.

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A Great Read

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:20 and 1 Samuel 16:6-7

Christ now lives within me through faith, even though, in this life, the old Adam, my old nature, has to stay outside and remain subject to the law.

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The Art of the Christian

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:20 and Colossians 1:27

Christ now lives in me and so, is the form of my perfection, embellishing my faith, abolishing the law, condemning sin, and destroying sin and death in me.

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A Brazen Solution

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:20 and Numbers 21:4-9

If we lose sight of Christ and begin to consider our past, we simply go to pieces. We must turn our eyes to the brazen serpent, Christ crucified.

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A Revelation

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Genesis 2:20–24

The affection of the intended husband toward his betrothed spouse is of a particular and elevated kind, a knowledge and revelation of the Holy Spirit.

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The Conscience of One

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:20 and Romans 13:11-14

The righteousness of Christ is abhorrent to those who are so focused on fixing their sins that they do not see Christ when they look in the spiritual mirror.

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Prayer in Love

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Philippians 1:9–11

Christians should love and pray for the salvation of all, for the sanctification of God’s name, the coming of his kingdom, and the fulfilment of his will.

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The Fear of Death

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:20 and Hebrews 9:24-28

The Apostle Paul teaches us, that we are crucified and dead unto the aw. Just so, the fact is, the Law is crucified and dead unto us. Fear not.

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The Joy of Living

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:20 and 1 Corinthians 15:50-57

I do not mean to create the impression that I did not live before. But I really live now that I have been delivered from the law, from sin, from death.

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Open Ears

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: 1 Peter 3:10–12

God’s ears are open to the prayers of the righteous, looking upon you with gracious, winning eyes, his ears alert even to the faintest sound of prayer.

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It’s So Simple

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:20 and Ephesians 4:17-24

"Christ is Lord over the Law, because He was crucified unto the Law. I also am lord over the Law, because by faith I am crucified with Christ."

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Christ in You

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Jude 3–4

One may confess Christ but still deny him in deeds and works, by insisting he is his own lord through his religious observances being the way to salvation.

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Focus on Christ

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:19 and 2 Corinthians 5:16-17

The law of Moses is a great thing to instruct your character but when it fails, Christ will not, as he is the focus of the law's accusations now, not you.

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The Death of Death

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:19 and Habakkuk 2:1-4

Jesus permitted the law to accuse him, sin to condemn him, and death to take him, in order to abolish the law, to condemn sin, and to destroy death.

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Fear Not

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:19 and John 15:13-15

Christ is risen from death. So, why would we now fear the grave? Against my death, we must set another death, or rather another life, my life in Christ.

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Emancipation

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:19 and Romans 8:1–2

Christians are to have nothing to do with the accusations and condemnations of the old law, for they live by a new law: Christ's law of liberty.

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Beware

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:9

God often lays hold upon leaders of sects who blaspheme with false doctrines, inflicting on them unusual punishments for the sake of warning others.

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Today Is the Day

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:19 and 2 Corinthians 6:2

If we are dead to the law and it is dead to us, how can it contribute anything to our justification? There is nothing left but to be justified by faith alone.

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Harmony

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Romans 12:16

As long as unity of faith and oneness of mind survive, the true Church of God abides, so we must be careful to cherish the virtue of harmony.

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Die!

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:19 and Romans 14:7-9

If you want to talk to me about my sins, Mr. Law, talk to my flesh. Shout away, but do not talk to my conscience; it lives to Christ under grace.

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Like God

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: 1 John 3:1–3

The day will come when only righteousness and holiness shall dwell on the earth — none but godly, righteous souls — for we shall be like God.

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Be Not Afraid

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:19 and Psalm 56:1-4

If you want to talk to me about my sins, Mr. Law, talk to my flesh. Shout away, but do not talk to my conscience; it lives to Christ under grace.

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The Christian Corpse

Comments on Galatians with an ear to Luther’s commentary

Series: Comments on Galatians
Scripture Text: Galatians 2:19 and Philippians 4:4-7

What right does the law have to accuse you, hold anything against you, or condemn you, if being dead to the law means one is freed from the Law?

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Suffering

Reading the Word with Luther

Series: Reading the Word with Luther
Scripture Text: Romans 8:18

"What is temporal suffering, however protracted, contrasted with eternal life? It is not worthy to be called suffering or to be esteemed meritorious."

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