The great Protestant Reformer Martin Luther was asked which books of his were worthy to be passed on to subsequent generations. He had written dozens, but he replied “only two.” His children’s catechism, and his Commentary on Galatians.
I’ve been reading his commentary, and it is fantastic. Very few writers really exult in the Gospel of Christ like Luther does. Consider the following quotation, which continues the theme from my last post.
“Let us equip ourselves against the accusations of Satan. . . If he says ‘You will be damned,’ tell him: ‘No! I flee to Christ who gave Himself for my sins. In accusing me of being damnable, you are cutting your own throat, Satan. You are reminding me of God’s fatherly goodness to me: God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son so that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. In calling me a sinner, Satan, you really comfort me above measure.’ With such heavenly cunning we are to meet the devil’s craft and put away from us the memory of sin.”
There is a lot in that quote, so I will let it stand alone and add more in a later post. For now it is enough to note that reminders of sin only remind believers that Christ died for those sins. Christ’s atonement is so effective, it is supposed to quiet our conscience once for all (Heb. 10:14 and context). And, needless to say, those who fully embrace such a powerful salvation will desire to spend their lives serving the One who loved them so. Godly living will then be motivated by love, not fear (1 John 4:18). So when the Devil casts your sins in your teeth, tell him he is cutting his own throat . . . :^)
More to come from Martin Luther . . .