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Glory to God Alone - Published on July 11, 2004
...     When I first took over the defense of the Gospel, I remember what Doctor Staupitz said to me. '"I like it well," said he, "that the doctrine which you proclaim gives glory to God alone and none to man. For never can too much glory, goodness, and mercy be ascribed unto God." These words of the worthy Doctor comforted and confirmed me. The Gospel is true because it deprives men of all glory, wisdom, and righteousness and turns over all honor to the Creat...
Martin Luther
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Holy Pride - Published on July 11, 2004
...     When I was a young man I thought Paul was making too much of his call. I did not understand his purpose. I did not then realize the importance of the ministry. I knew nothing of the doctrine of faith because we were taught sophistry (deception) instead of certainty, and nobody understood Spiritual boasting. We exalt our calling, not to gain glory among men, or money, or satisfaction, or favor, but because people need to be assured that the words we speak are the words of God....
Martin Luther
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Mixing Law And Grace - Published on July 11, 2004
...     Therefore these two things (as I do often repeat), to wit the law and the promise, must bediligently distinguished. For in time, in place, and in person, and generally in all other circumstances, they are separate as far asunder as heaven and earth... so that the law may have dominion over the flesh, and the promise may sweetly (and comfortably) reign in the conscience... But now, if thou confound and mingle these two together and place the law in the conscience, and the prom...
Martin Luther
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The True Use of the Law - Published on July 11, 2004
...     It is no small matter then to understand rightly what the law is, and what is the true use and office thereof... we reject not the law and works, as our adversaries do falsely accuse us... we say that the law is good and profitable, but in his own proper use: which is first to bridle civil transgressions, and then to reveal and to increase spiritual transgressions. Wherefore the law is also a light, which sheweth and revealeth, not the grace of God, not righteousness and life...
Martin Luther
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Faith - Published on July 11, 2004
...     If God promises something, then faith must fight a long and bitter fight, for reason or the flesh judges that God's promises are impossible. Therefore faith must battle against reason and its doubts. The Devil, too, approaches us with promises, and indeed such as seem very plausible. It certainly requires at times a keen mind rightly to distinguish between God's true and the Devil's false promises. The promises of the Devil are seemingly very pleasant and acceptab...
Martin Luther
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Luther and Calvin on the Sabbath - Published on July 11, 2004
...     Luther criticized the Sabbatarian Carlstadt and certain Anabaptists for their Judiazing of Sunday: "that if Sunday were anywhere made holy merely for the day's sake or its observance set on a Jewish foundation, 'then I order you to walk on it, to ride on it, to dance on it, to feast on it, to do anything that shall remove this encroachment on Christian Liberty' " (p.17).      Calvin "regarded the external observance of the Sabbath ...
Martin Luther
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Luther's Prayer When He was Ordained - Published on July 11, 2004
...     Oh, Lord God, Thou hast made me a pastor and teacher in the Church. Thou seest how unfit I am to administer rightly this great and responsible Office; and had I been without Thy aid and counsel I would surely have ruined it all long ago. Therefore, do I invoke Thee. How gladly do I desire to yield and consecrate my heart and mouth to this ministry! I desire to teach the congregation. I, too, desire ever to learn and keep Thy Word my constant companion, and to meditate thereup...
Martin Luther
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What is the Christian Gospel? - Published on July 11, 2004
...     Evangel is a Greek word, meaning glad tidings, good news, welcome information, a shout, or something that makes oft sing, talk or rejoice. When David defeated the giant Goliath, there was a great shout, and an encouraging message was passed round among the Jews to say that their terrible enemy had been killed, and that they were free to enjoy liberty and peace; thereupon, they sang and danced, and made merry. Similarly, God's evangel, the New Testament, is a good piece of...
Martin Luther
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How to be a Great Theologian - Published on July 11, 2004
...1. Prayer. For this reason you should despair of your wisdom and reason; for with these you will acquire nothing, but by your arrogance cast yourself and others into the pit of hell as did Lucifer. Kneel down in your chamber and ask God in true humility and seriousness to grant you true wisdom. 2. Meditation. In the second place, you should meditate, and not only in your heart, but also outwardly, the oral Word and the expressed words that are written in the Book, which you must always consid...
Martin Luther
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He Sighed : Mark 7:34 - Published on July 11, 2004
...     This sigh was not drawn from Christ on account of the single tongue and ear of this poor man, but it is a common sigh over all tongues and ears.. Our beloved Lord saw full well what an amount of suffering and sorrow would be occasioned by tongues and ears. For the greatest mischief which has been inflicted on Christianity has not arisen from tyrants (with persecution, murder, and pride against the Word), but from that little bit of flesh which abides between the jaws. This it...
Martin Luther
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Good Works - Published on July 11, 2004
...     To preach faith (It has been said) is to prevent good works; but if a man should possess the strength of all men united, or even of all creatures this sole obligation of living in faith would be a task too great for him ever to accomplish. If I say to a sick man: 'Be well, and thou shalt have the use of thy limbs,' will anyone say that I forbid him to use his limbs? Must not health precede labor? It is the same when we preach faith: it should go before works, in order...
Martin Luther
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The Christ of Arminianism - Published on July 11, 2004
...(Freewillism)The Bible warns us that in the last days in which we live there will be many false Christs-those who claim to be Christ but who are imposters. Jesus said, "Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying I am Christ; and shall deceive many." (Matt. 24:4-5). We who profess to be Christians must take heed. We must be very careful that we are not deceived. Our calling is to trust, love, and follow the true Christ and Him only. We may have nothing to do with th...
Steven Houck
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Gospel vs. Command to Respond - Published on July 11, 2004
...    There is a difference between the content of a gospel preached and the subsequent commands to respond to that gospel truth. Problems arise from having different gospels which elicit different responses.     Who wouldn't feel happy believing the message that God loves and wants to save everybody? One doesn't need to be regenerated to respond positively to this falsehood. Who wouldn't respond joyfully to the message that God loves them and wants to save them ...
David Alvord
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No Other Saviour - Published on July 11, 2004
...     There is no other SAVIOUR but CHRIST to look, no other MEDIATOR between God and men to make use of, no other PHYSICIAN of value for diseased and sin-sick souls to apply unto, no other FOUNTAIN but his blood for polluted souls to wash in and be cleansed, no other CITY OF REFUGE or stronghold for souls sensible of danger to flee unto and be safe, no other to come to as the BREAD OF LIFE where hungry souls may be fed, no other PLACE OF REST for those that are weary and heavy lad...
John Gill
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The Doctrine of the Holy Trinity : The Authenticity of 1 John 5:7 - Published on July 11, 2004
...1 John 5:7 gives full proof of the plurality of Persons in the Godhead. "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost; and these three are one." This is not only a proof of the Deity of each of these three persons, inasmuch as they, are not only said to be "one", that is, one God; and their witness is called the witness of God (1 John 5:9), but of a Trinity of Persons, in the unity of the divine essence. This unity of essence, or...
John Gill
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Satisfaction and Assurance - Published on July 11, 2004
...Let me observe to you something relating to experience, which you would do well to lay in your minds. It may be of use to you hereafter, when you may be tempted to doubt your interest in Christ's satisfaction. Have you any reason to believe that you have, at anytime, had communion with God, in private or in public, in your closet, or in the family, or in the house of God? Then you may be assured Christ has made satisfaction for you; or you would never have enjoyed such communion....
John Gill
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Conversion - Published on July 11, 2004
...If conversion be a quickening of one that is dead in sin, then fallen man hath no free-will to do good. This is proved from Ephesians 2:1, "You hath He quickened who were dead." He doth not say half dead, as the man was that fell among thieves (Luke 10:30), but wholly dead, as to spiritual life. There is no manner of good in us (Romans 7:18). And "we are not sufficient of ourselves to think" a good thought till Christ quickens us (2 Corinthians 3:5). "Without Him we can do nothing" (John 15:5). ...
John Gill
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Loved with an Everlasting Love - Published on July 11, 2004
...God's love to His elect is not of yesterday; it does not begin with their love to Him, We love Him, because He first loved us. It was bore in His heart towards them long before they were delivered from the power of darkness, and translated into the kingdom of His dear Son. It does not commence in time, but bears date from eternity, and is the ground and foundation of the elect's being called in time out of darkness into marvelous light: I have loved thee, says the Lord to the church, with an eve...
John Gill
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But I am a Worm - Published on July 11, 2004
...But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. (Psalm 22:6) Christ calls himself "a worm" ... on account of the opinion that men of the world had of him. ... The Jews esteemed Christ as a worm, and treated him as such; he was loathsome to them and hated by them; every one trampled upon him, and trod him under foot as men do worms. ... The Chaldee paraphrase renders it here a weak worm; and though Christ is the mighty God, and is also the Son of man, whom God made st...
John Gill
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Take Heed What Ye Hear - Published on July 11, 2004
..."Take heed what ye hear . ." (Mark 4:24).      Not the cunningly-devised fables, and illusory dreams men are to be attended to, and heard; but the word of God; between which there is as much difference as between chaff and wheat (see Jer. 23:28). That Word which comes from God, relates His mind and will especially concerning salvation by Christ, is to be hearkened unto; and whatsoever is delivered by the ministers of the gospel, agreeable to the Word of God, which is ...
John Gill
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