Martin Luther on Faith and Honor

martin lutherMartin Luther, the famous 16th century forerunner of the Protestant Reformation, wrote a book titled On the Freedom of a Christian. In this work he stated some major points to which he believed everyone who believes in the Christian faith should hold.

His first point was that, as Christians we are justified by God’s word not our works. Even though God has given us the law, we cannot follow it perfectly. It is by faith, given to us by God, that a man is saved. However, this does not mean that we should not try to follow the law. Even though it cannot save us God tells us to follow it therefore we must.

His next point was that God will honor those who honor him. Luther quotes these passages from the bible as he writes,

“Them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.” (1 Sam. ii. 30.) And so Paul, says that Abraham’s faith was imputed to him for righteousness, because by it he gave glory to God; and that to us also, for the same reason, it shall be reputed for righteousness, if we believe. (Rom. iv.)

Hence, if we believe that by faith we are saved and follow the law God will see our righteousness and he will honor us.

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