The Glory Has Departed

Lutheran book boxes sent to three African seminaries -
a third one has been sent now.

Norma Boeckler, Artist-in-Residence

The Lutheran Library Publishing Ministry

Bethany Lutheran Worship on
Ustream - Sunday, 10 AM Central Daylight Time.


Saved worship files and Greek lessons are at the live worship link.

email: greg.jackson.edlp@gmail.com,
which works as gregjacksonedlp@gmail.com too.

Luther's Sermons, Lenker Series
Book of Concord Selections
Martin Chemnitz Press Books

Norma A. Boeckler Author's Page

Pastor Gregory L. Jackson's Author's Page
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I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4

Alec Satin, Lutheran Library Publishing Ministry

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

A Luther Quotion Sent by a Lutheran Layman



Each morning, I start my day by reading a section of Luther’s works that were compiled into a devotional called “Day by Day We Magnify You: Daily Readings for the Entire Year”. 

Here is today’s gem, if you will, with added emphasis mine:

“Faith is such a knowledge that, although it is completely and utterly dark and nothing is visible, it is yet sure and, in such utter darkness, sees that it really holds Christ, just as in former times our Lord God was seated in the midst of darkness on Mount Sinai and in the temple.  Therefore our righteousness, which makes us appear just before God and well pleasing to him, is not the love that gives this appearance to faith, but it is faith itself, and the hidden mystery and the secret knowledge in the heart, that is a trust in what is invisible, which means in Christ invisible and yet really present.  But the reason why faith makes us just is that it seizes Christ, the noble and precious treasure, and keeps him present.  But human thought cannot express how he is present, for as I have said, it is pure darkness, which means that it is a hidden, high secret, and unsearchable knowledge.  Therefore, where there is such a full trust and genuine confidence of the heart, there, certainly, is Christ within the dark mist and in the faith.  That is the right justification, which causes the person to be regarded as righteous and acceptable before God.
 
Lectures on Galatians.  Luther's Works 26:130; WA 40/2:288f
 
There.  Right there.  UOJ/OJ/SJ/GJ whatever... is knocked down in glorious terms in this wonderful section from the Reformer.  Luther could not be clearer in his words!  There is no parsing or hemming or hawing, the Lord makes it clear and Luther repeats with succinct emphasis: Justification by Faith Alone.  Luther even calls it the “right justification”!

What a blessing it has been to be able to read the words of Luther himself!  Compared to synodical drivel, it shines like a beacon.  The Scriptures are conveyed with assured confidence and words are not minced or cajoled to fit a threadbare at best narrative.


Thank you again for spurring my interest in the works of Luther and his fellow Reformers,

Lutheran Layman