INTERNATIONALE MARTIN LUTHER STIFTUNG

The daily Luther

16th January

But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom and righteousness, and sanctification and redemption.

Interpretation of Martin Luther ...

Cover of "Luther Breviary"
Cover of "Luther Breviary"

The daily Luther

16th January

But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom and righteousness, and sanctification and redemption.

1. Corinthians 1 (xxx)

You can only understand this text when you realise that all your wisdom is so foolish that it merits damnation, all your justice is, in fact, injustice and worthy of damnation and all your holiness is likewise damnable as your ‘holiness' is nothing but impurity. Even your redemption is a case of the most wretched damnation. And so you feel that, before God and all other creatures, you are a fool, a sinner, an unclean, damned human being. And, not only words, but your heart and all your works show that there is neither solace nor salvation for you other than that vouchsafed to you by Christ from God in Whom you should believe and take your delight so that His justice alone may preserve you.

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