Some of Luther’s Ideas in ‘On the Freedom of a Christian’

In reading a selection from Martin Luther’s On the Freedom of a Christian Luther expressed many of his views on just what the title of his book states: the freedom of a Christian.

First, Luther says that a Christian should live by faith in God alone rather than completing works.  He says that by doing this you will be freed and saved.

If you believe in Christ and do not covet you will have grace, justification, peace, and liberty, but if you covet and do not believe you will not have those gifts.

Luther also explains that Christ can heal you from sin and he then expresses again that by faith alone you can be saved.

One of my favorite points that Luther states is that because God is honored in our hearts He therefore honors us.  Along with that point Luther cites 1 Samuel 2:30, “Them that honor me I will honor, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.”

Towards the end of the selection Luther finishes by saying that “Thus the believing soul, by the pledge of its faith in Christ, becomes free from all sin, fearless of death, safe from hell, and endowed with the eternal righteousness, life, and salvation…”


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