September 9

 

Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches.   1 Corinthians 7:17

 

Christians have freedom.  Faith and the Christian life aren’t restricted to any particular station or position in life.  But they are above, in, and throughout all positions in life.  Therefore, it’s not necessary for you to accept or give up any position in life to receive salvation.  Stay in whatever place the gospel finds you.  You can remain there and be saved.  It’s not necessary for you to give up your marriage and run from your non-Christian spouse for the sake of faith or salvation.  On the other hand, it’s not necessary for you to become married for the sake of faith or salvation.  If you are married, whether it be to a Christian or non-Christian, whether to a good or evil person, you are neither saved nor condemned because of that.  If you are unmarried, you also are not saved or condemned because of being single.  It is all free – free!

As a result, if you are a Christian and remain one, you will be saved, and if you remain a non-Christian, you will be condemned.  “This is the rule I lat down in all the churches” means “This is the rule I teach all Christians to whom I preach.  For I do not teach them to leave their positions in life and stir up unrest, but remain where they are and live in peace.”  So you see that Paul doesn’t call any position in life a blessed one except this one: being a Christian.  The others he frees up so that in and of themselves they neither save nor condemn us.  But all positions in life – no matter how well kept – can be blessed through faith or cursed through lack of faith.

 

 

Martin Luther: Bondage of the Will

 

The Bondage of the Will, Luther’s exposition on the doctrine of God’s sovereignty, laid the groundwork for Reformation thought. It shows us a humbling view of ourselves while strengthening our faith in Christ.

 

The Ambassador Classics series brings the greatest classic works of Christian history into a single set. It includes unabridged works by Martin Luther, John Bunyan, John Calvin, A. T. Pierson, John Owens, C. H. Spurgeon, Jonathan Edwards, J. C. Ryle, R. A. Torrey and many others. This series will continue to enrich and deepen your faith in Christ.

 

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