Luther: The First Commandment Requires Perfect Obedience

The first commandment teaches us that God wants us to sincerely trust Him. Yet we must fear Him about everything else. … So the good works required by the first commandment are holy and must be obeyed. But who can live up to them? Certainly no one can completely obey the first commandment. Everyone is a sinner except for Christ. Christ, however, comes to us and says, “I have shed my blood for you. My blood cries out on your behalf.” Out of His grace and kindness, He brings us the forgiveness of our sins at no cost to us whatsoever.

Martin Luther | Faith Alone (p. 210). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.


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Posted by Tony Phelps | Monday, October 30, 2023 | Categorized HeidelQuotes, Martin Luther, Moral Law | Tagged Bookmark the permalink.

About Tony Phelps

Tony grew up in Rhode Island. He was educated at BA (University of Rhode Island) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He worked in the insurance industry for ten years. He planted a PCA church in Wakefield, RI where he served for eleven years. In 2015–18 he pastored Covenant Reformed Church (URCNA) in Colorado Springs. He is currently pastor of Living Hope (OPC). Tony is married to Donna and together they have three children. Meet all the Heidelberg contributors»


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