May 1

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

The phrases “Son of God,” “loved me,” and “gave himself for me,” are lightning and thunder from heaven against the idea that we are saved by good works.  Our will and understanding contained such great wickedness, error, darkness, and ignorance that we could be freed only by an exceedingly high-priced ransom.  Why do we think that our human reason is naturally inclined to the best and can correctly lead us?  Why do we think each person should do as much as they can?  Why do we bring our terrible sins, which are mere straw, to an angry God, whom Moses calls “a raging fire”?  Why do we want to haggle with God, trying to exchange our stubble for grace and eternal life?  Listen to this passage.  It says there’s so much evil in our nature that the world and all creation can’t reconcile us to God.  God’s Son had to be offered for our sins.

But consider the price of this ransom carefully.  Look at Christ, who was captured and offered for you.  He is infinitely greater than and superior to anything else in creation.  How will you respond when you hear that such a priceless ransom was offered for you?  Do you still want to bring God your own good works?  What is that compared to Christ’s work?  He shed his most precious blood for your sins.

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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