So you see that the gospel is really not a book of laws and commandments which requires deeds of us, but a book of divine promises in which God promises, offers, and gives us all his possessions and benefits in Christ. (Luther’s Works 35:120)
What is the Bible? There are many views about what the Bible is and how we should understand it....
Think of the Scriptures as the loftiest and noblest of holy things, as the richest of mines which can never be sufficiently explored, in order that you may find that divine wisdom which God here lays before you in such simple guise as to quench all pride. Here you will find the swaddling cloths and the manger in which Christ lies, and to which...
Streams of water that make things alive are to flow. Christ says: “I will prepare accordingly him who comes to me so that he shall not only be revived and refreshed so as to quench his own thirst and get rid of...
“When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and finding none it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’
This means as much as to say, "The devil never takes a vacation,"
and "The devil never sleeps," for he is seeking how he
“If they called the father of the household Beelzebub, how much more will they call the members of the household this name!”
When the world calls you a heretic, deceiver, liar, and rebel, this is a good sign that you are a decent man and similar to your Lord Christ. For he had to be just those things and be condemned...
“Since the time we have stopped offering burnt offerings and drink offerings to the queen of heaven, we have lacked everything.”
When God’s Word arose, a famine arose with it. For example, at the time of Abraham (Gen. 12:10), Isaac (Gen. 26:1), Jacob, Joseph (Gen. 42:5; 43:1), Elijah (1 Kings 18:2), and Elisha (2...
So the last shall be first, and the first last; for many will be called,
but few chosen.
The two words "last" and "first" must be considered from
two viewpoints. The first before men are the last before God,
and the last in the eyes of men are first in the eyes of God. On
the contrary, the first before God are the last before men;...
Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high
things, but condescend to men of low estate.
Rom. 12: 16.
Paul speaks of the temporal affairs of men, teaching mutual
appreciation of one another's calling and character, offices and
works, and that none is to esteem himself better than another
because of these. The shoemaker's apprentice has...
Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with
God and man.
Some inquisitive people who are not satisfied with the information
given in the Scriptures have desired to know what
Christ did in his childhood, and have received their reward for
their curiosity. Some fool or knave has fabricated a legendary
book on the childhood...
You also, like living stones, are being built A)" data-cr="#cen-NIV-30405A"> into a spiritual house a]"> to be a holy priesthood, C)" data-cr="#cen-NIV-30405C"> offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
1 Peter. 2:5
The whole world regards the priest's office — his service and