…Without Our Working (Luther)

The Reformed Reader

Galatians: Crossway Classic Commentaries Martin Luther’s commentary on Galatians is indeed one of the finest expositions of this epistle of Paul as well as one of the finest discussions of justification through faith alone by grace alone in Christ alone.  Luther’s introduction is also a gold mine.  In it, he talks about active righteousness (our attempts at obedience) and passive righteousness (receiving righteousness as a gift).  Here are a few excerpts:

…Human weakness and misery is so great that in the terrors of conscience and danger of death we see nothing but our works, our unworthiness, and the law. And when we are shown our sin, in time we remember the evil of our past life. Then the poor sinner groans with great anguish of spirit and thinks, “Alas, what a dreadful life I have lived! Would to God I might live longer; then I would amend my life.” Thus human reason cannot restrain…

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