June 27

Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.” Galatians 3:11

We are used to speaking about faith in two ways.  We sometimes speak about faith apart from works, and at other times we speak about faith accompanied by works.  Just as a craftsman speaks about the material in various ways a gardener speaks of a tree sometimes being barren and sometimes bearing fruit.  So the Holy Spirit speaks in Scripture refers to an abstract or absolute faith.  Other times it refers to faith as it appears outwardly, as it relates to other things, or as we live it out.  Faith is absolute and not connected to other things when the Scripture speaks absolutely about justification or those who are justified, as we can see in Romans and Galatians.

But when Scripture speaks of rewards and works, it’s speaking of faith as it relates to other things—how it appears or how we live it out.  The Bible gives several examples of this faith.  “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love” (Galatians 5:6).  “Do this and you will live” (Luke 10:28).  “If you want to enter life, obey the commandments” (Matthew 19:17). “The man who does these things will live by them” (Galatians 3:12).  “Turn from evil and do good” (Psalm 34:14).  There are countless verses like this in Scripture.  In these and similar verses where “doing” is mentioned, Scripture always speaks of “doing in faith.”  If you have faith, they you are able to do good works.

Martin Luther: A Man Who Changed The World

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Martin Luther served as a catalyst of the Protestant Reformation in sixteenth-century Europe. This book teaches children about his fascinating life, influence, and teaching while encouraging them to see how God uses them in His kingdom today.

Children learn the historic background to a significant time in the church. They discover that, like Martin Luther, they can learn about the reality of Christ’s life and death on their behalf, His grace and mercy, and His desire for them as baptized, redeemed children of God.

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