Bibles Studies by Martin Luther
The propensity of the sinner is to trust in the visible works of the Law; to place our confidence in our own deeds, rather than the saving act of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
In the first seven verses of chapter 4, St. Paul lays out a beautiful description of how “in the fullness of time God sent forth his Son...
“Am I really saved? Am I doing enough? Will God even recognize my good works on Judgment Day?” These sorts of questions are born out of the Law, which always demands and never gives.
Distinguishing between the Law and the Gospel is one of the highest and most precious arts which every Christian would do well to learn.
From Adam to Abraham, from Moses to Paul, and to you and me God has always justified sinners in the same way—by faith.
The Holy Spirit is not simply the initial cause of faith but continues to be at work in the life of the Church keeping us in the faith by the proclamation of the Word and through that faith the Lord declares us to be righteous and heirs of eternal life.
The false teachers in Galatia were, as Luther says, “Changing the Law into grace and grace into Law, Moses into Christ and Christ into Moses. For they teach that...
At the end of the Holy Communion, the Church prays, “we implore You that of Your mercy You would strengthen us through the same in faith toward You and in fervent love toward one another…”
The Reformation was not only about asserting what is true, but also rejecting that which is false. St. Paul’s passionate epistle to the Galatians is born out of his assertion of the Gospel and his defiance of false teaching.
Martin Luther once said: “The Epistle to the Galatians is my epistle, to which I have wedded myself. It is my Catherine Von Bora.”