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…”

6 thoughts on “Some of Luther’s Ideas in ‘On the Freedom of a Christian’

  1. You did a superb job on this essay, Allison! I am impressed. I think you condensed Luther’s views in a very easy-to-read format. All due respect to Luther, but he was probably aiming his writing to very educated people, not just anyone. You do a good job at explaining his views with almost everyone (not just people who have high IQ’s)! That takes talent and passion. You’re in no short suppy of either!

    It looks like you and I have a lot in common. I also love Jesus so much! I have a horse (she’s a sweetie!) and we also have a dog and chickens. I saw pictures of your horse and Snickers is gorgeous! (Also, kudos on the naming. Snickers is one of the BEST horse names I have ever heard!)

    I am following your blog. You and I seem to be more alike than not and I enjoy reading your posts! Have a merry Christmas as we celebrate Christ’s again birth this year.

    God bless,

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    1. Hi Brianna! Thanks for your nice comments on my essay! I remember that these essays were not that easy to write – so your positive comment is encouraging!
      To be honest, I’m surprised you found my blog – I haven’t posted anything on here in quite a while since I am now a full-time college student and don’t have much free time to be active on my blog. So, how did you find it?
      Yes, I love Jesus, my family, and my animals! I’m glad that you’re able to experience what it’s like to love on a horse, they’re great friends!


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