Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Martin Luther: Lessons from His Life and Labor

By John Piper

Martin Luther: Lessons from His Life and Labor


Martin Luther died on February 18, 1546, at 3:00am. His last words echo to this day, resounding the truths he discovered: "We are beggars. This is true."

Beggars, indeed, because God demands a righteousness we can't produce. One, in fact, that if we could produce would nullify the grace of God and make Jesus's death be for no purpose (Galatians 2:23). Embodying devotion to the Bible, Luther came to understand that we need a foreign righteousness. We need a righteousness given to us by another.

And this understanding came in part by means of study. Luther gave himself to the Book, which he later explained as the primary actor in the Reformation. The legacy of his dying words in 1546 find their roots in this conviction — a conviction when bloomed into Ninety-Five Theses and nailed to All Saints' Church Wittenberg on Ocotber 31, 1517, changed the world.


“Freely you received, freely give.”

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