Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Second Sunday in Lent.

The Collect

ALMIGHTY God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves; Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Collect from the First Day of Lent is to be read every day in Lent after the Collect appointed for the Day.

Daily Bible Verse

Monday, March 19, 2012

Martin Luther: Quote of the Day: Good Works

The younger Martin Luther.
"Truly good works are not self-elected works of monastic or any other holiness, but such only as God has commanded, and as are comprehended within the bounds of one's particular calling, and all works, let their name be what it may, become good only when they flow from faith, the first, greatest, and noblest of good works." (John 6:29.)

Luther, Martin (2009-10-04). A Treatise on Good Works (Kindle Locations 84-86). Public Domain Books. Kindle Edition. 

Of course John 6:29 clearly says that even our faith is a work of God in us.  The good works that save us are the good works of God on our behalf through Jesus Christ.  And only the works that follow after faith are pleasing to God, though these works can never withstand the severity of God's judgment.  (See Article XII of the Thirty-nine Articles).   Even after conversion good works do not serve to justify the believer or vindicate the believer before God whatsoever.  Good works merely show to other men and the church that we have a valid profession of faith--nothing more and nothing less (James 2:18; 3:13; 1 Corinthians 5:1-5)

[Note:  You can download a Kindle reader for your laptop for free at Amazon.com.  This book and several other theological works are available for free download.  There are several from Martin Luther's works available for free download.  Charlie]

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