Various writings by Martin Luther
To consider Christ’s glorious Transfiguration on its own is eye-opening; to hear how Luther describes this glory as yours nearly bursts the eyes from their sockets, bringing hope to the Christian heart.
What was conversation like around the dining table in Martin and Katie Luther's home? What was talked about? Was it always theology? In the Table Talks we're given a glimpse...
Those who have read Luther’s public writings might have a certain perception of what they would expect his other works to look like. However, Luther was also a very prolific writer of private letters.
Simply put, the kingdom of the right is the Church, both in earth and heaven. In Luther’s On Temporal Authority, the reformer refers to this as “the kingdom of God.”
Since the twentieth century, Lutherans have spoken about a “two-kingdoms” doctrine to work out the relationship between church and state.
Luther says that this article on the Holy Spirit is about us being made holy.
I thank you, my Heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You.
To run to the ends of the earth preaching the Gospel is precisely Jesus’ charge to his Apostles (Acts 1:8). Luther writes about them, “Their running, I say, is truly sweet, that is, their ministry is most delightful, not like that of Moses and the prophets. To run means to serve in the office of preacher..."
Luther says that suffering should not be something we choose. We can’t choose which cross we bear. That’s up to God. Luther addresses this with four reasons.
"A Christian is an utterly free man, lord of all, subject to none.
A Christian is an utterly dutiful man, servant of all, subject to all."
Clearly Luther saw marriage and the estate of the family as important, but what does this mean for us? Seeing how important this was for Luther first of all gives us an insight as to how we should encourage people to view marriage and the family in our time.
In our focus on Jesus’ salvific works, we must always remember that the heart of the person and work of the Messiah stands the incarnation.
Among his many contributions to the church, Luther also transformed and ennobled the German language through his translation of the Bible.
The Babylonian Captivity of the Church appeared in print less than a week before the papal bull against Luther reached Wittenberg in October, 1520. Both works were being prepared at the same time: while Rome was working to prosecute Luther’s heresy trail, Luther was putting the Roman sacramental system on trial.
Theology will always lead to prayer. We listen to God and then echo His words back to Him in prayer. If you want to know what someone believes, listen to the way that they pray.