August 9

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.   John 14:6

“I am the way”.  You should learn what this eloquent statement of Christ means.  Don’t think of a path that you walk on with your feet.  Instead, think of one that you travel on by faith – a faith that clings only to the Lord Christ.

There are various ways of walking and wandering through life.  First, there are many roads and footpaths for physically walking from one place to another, as cows and horses do.  The Scripture teaches nothing about these paths.  But there are other kinds of paths in this life.  A second kind of path pertains to everyday life.  On this path, we lead a good and moral life before the world and to seek to preserve government, peace, honor, and order.  Living in this way brings possessions and respect.  Philosophers have given us good principles, and rulers have issued various laws, for walking on this path.  But these two kinds of paths are still limited to this life, which is passing away.

Over all of these ways is still another path, about which the Scripture and Christ speak here.  This third path is the way to get from this life to the next.  For this journey, we need a much different way, a much different path.  Here Christ is saying, “When you have come to me in faith, you are on the right way.  This path is reliable and won’t mislead you”.

Martin Luther, Faith Alone: A Daily Devotional

Edited by James C. Galvin

Timeless insights from one of the most important people in church history. Resounding across the centuries, Martin Luther’s prolific writings as a pastor, theologian, scholar, Bible translator, father, and more, remain powerful and richly relevant. Faith Alone is a treasury of accessible devotionals taken from Luther’s best writings and sermons from the years 1513 through 1546. This carefully updated translation retains the meaning, tone, and imagery of Luther’s works such as this gem:

Some people value good works so much that they overlook faith in Christ. Faith should be first. It is faith—without good works and prior to good works—that takes us to heaven. We come to God through faith alone. —Martin Luther

Through daily readings, Luther’s straightforward approach challenges you to a more thoughtful faith. Read one brief section a day or explore themes using the subject index in the back of the book. Faith Alone will deepen your understanding of Scripture and help you more fully appreciate the mystery of faith.

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