May 31

Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. John 14:1

Christ is saying here, “You have heard that you should trust in God.  But I want to show you how to really find him so you won’t start worshipping something you made up in your head.  If you want to trust in the true God, then trust in me.  If you want to invest your faith and trust in the right place, where it will never fail, then invest in me.  For all of God lives in me.”  Later he tells them, “I am the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6).  In other words, “Whoever sees me sees the Father.  Whoever hears me hears the Father.  Therefore, it you want to meet God, then take hold of him in me and through me. If you have me, you also have the Father.  The Father himself testifies about me.”  In the Gospels, Jesus repeatedly declares that he is from the Father. He doesn’t speak and act on his own.  Instead, the Father commands the whole world to believe that Christ is God.  No one should believe in any other person or accept any other way to know God than Christ.

So it’s certain that whoever tries to go around Christ won’t meet the true God. God is completely in Christ and places himself in Christ for us.  No one will be able to succeed in dealing with God apart from Christ. No one will find God on the basis of human thoughts and devotion.

Whoever wants to take the right path with their faith and not lose their way should begin where God has placed the path and where God wants to be found.  Otherwise, everything they do and believe is useless.

Life of Luther

Barnas Sears, D.D.

An historic and comprehensive biography of early Christianity’s most influential leader of the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther.

Controversial and visionary, Luther’s life is revealed in this rare presentation of his work as an educator and church leader. From his birth and childhood, to his religious education, and the events leading up to the Protestant Reformation, you will discover the views and experiences that led to his excommunication by the Pope in 1520. Correspondence and accounts shed further light on Luther’s defiant translation of the Bible from Latin to the language of the common man.

This unique biography is reproduced from an 1850 American Sunday School Union original, and in it you will be introduced to the pivotal life of this enigmatic man before, during, and after one of Christianity’s defining events.

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