In every life, there are defining moments. An event, a choice, a meeting that changes everything that comes after. A time when you set off in a different direction. What are some of those moments in your life? Maybe getting married, becoming a parent, graduating from college, choosing to embark on a certain career?
For every Christian the most important defining moment of life, is the day they met Jesus. For many of us that happens in our baptism as a very young child. We grow up and continue in the faith that was imparted at an early age. For others, there is an event that awakens faith in a flash; or a person who tells the good news. However it happens we need to live as Luther described in the quote above: as if the events of the Passion and the Resurrection and the Second Coming were not just words in the Bible that we accept intellectually, but events that we actually believe, experience, and allow to affect our lives.
How would you feel if Jesus had just died yesterday for you? How would you spend your time if you saw the resurrection with your own eyes? How would you behave if you believed that the Second coming might happen tomorrow? In the parable of the wise and foolish virgins, the Bible tells us to be ready. Don’t procrastinate. Spend your time and your life today as Jesus “redefined” it. Make that one defining moment the centerpiece of your life.
Isn’t this what we are doing?
- Sola Fide, by faith alone.
- Sola Scriptura, by Scripture alone.
- Solus Christus, through Christ alone.
- Sola Gratia, by grace alone.
- Soli Deo Gloria, glory to God alone.
The Reformation brought about a different thinking about the Scriptures then what was done before Luther’s time. Tradition and the Pope were considered authorities. In other words, what the Pope decreed was the truth. No matter that he is a human like you and me. Luther was against this and said that Scripture alone was the only authority that we needed to live by. Below is a portion of the speech that Luther gave at the Diet of Worms in 1521. This counsel of the Church was trying to get Luther to recant the 95 thesis and other writings:
Unless I am convinced by the testimony of the Scriptures or by clear reason (for I do not trust either in the pope or in councils alone, since it is well known that they have often erred and contradicted themselves), I am bound by the Scriptures I have quoted and my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and will not retract anything, since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience…. May God help me. Amen.
After Luther declared this he was considered a heretic and the church wanted him jailed and punished.
It saddens my heart to see that today, people set aside what the Bible says, going their own way and thinking that it doesn’t matter. The Scriptures are the Word of God and in them is all instruction for life. We all should read more of it.
Anyone who is to find Christ must first find the church. How could anyone know where Christ is and what faith is in him unless he knew where his believers are?”
Read more at http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/15-martin-luther-quotes-still-ring-true#IzZGjlk2EbDSLKOz.99
As for myself, let me say that I am a doctor and a preacher. I am as learned and experienced as any of those who are so presumptuous and confident. Yet I do as a child that is learning the Catechism. I read and repeat in the morning and whenever I have time, the Ten Commandments, Apostle’s Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, the Psalms, etc. I daily read and study the Catechism, and still I am not able to master it as thoroughly as I wish. I must remain a child and a pupil of the Catechism, and this I do very willingly.
If Martin Luther was willing to study the basics of the faith over and over, shouldn’t each of us be willing to do likewise?
My last post was “what do you study.” This quote from Martin Luther tells us “why we should study.” It is one thing to study the Bible as history or literature and another to read it as a guide for life. It is one thing to memorize Bible verses and quite another to pray and meditate about them. It is one thing to know about God and it is something entirely different to know Him.
Study of the scripture is challenging; it changes us. Why do you study? How has study changed you? I hope some of the Lutheran Ladies will blog about these questions. I hope our readers will comment.
A Christian man is the most free lord of all, and subject to none; a Christian man is the most dutiful servant of all, and subject to every one.
Although these statements appear contradictory, yet, when they are found to agree together, they will be highly serviceable to my purpose. They are both the statements of Paul himself, who says: “Though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all” (1 Cor. ix. 19), and: “Owe no man anything, but to love one another.” (Rom. xiii. 8.) Now love is by its own nature dutiful and obedient to the beloved object. Thus even Christ, though Lord of all things, was yet made of a woman; made under the law; at once free and a  servant; at once in the form of God and in the form of a servant.