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1.
A Christian should and must be a cheerful person. If he isn’t, the devil is tempting him.

A Christian should and must be a cheerful person. If he isn’t, the devil is tempting him.


2.
Justification is by faith alone, but not by faith that is alone.

Justification is by faith alone, but not by faith that is alone.


3.
Affliction is the best book in my library.

Affliction is the best book in my library.      


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: Affliction
4.
Whenever you hear anyone boast that he has something by inspiration of the Holy Spirit and it has no basis in God’s Word, no matter what it may be, tell him that this is the work of the devil.

Whenever you hear anyone boast that he has something by inspiration of the Holy Spirit and it has no basis in God’s Word, no matter what it may be, tell him that this is the work of the devil.    


5.
Man…does not do evil against his will, under pressure, as though he were taken by the scruff of the neck and dragged into it, like a thief… being dragged off against his will to punishment; but he does it spontaneously and voluntarily. And this willingness or volition is something which he cannot in his own strength eliminate, restrain or alter.

Man…does not do evil against his will, under pressure, as though he were taken by the scruff of the neck and dragged into it, like a thief…being dragged off against his will to punishment; but he does it spontaneously and voluntarily. And this willingness or volition is something which he cannot in his own strength eliminate, restrain or alter.

Reference:   The Bondage of the Will, Revell, 1957, p. 102.


6.
The gospel cannot be preached and heard enough, for it cannot be grasped well enough… Moreover, our greatest task is to keep you faithful to this article and to bequeath this treasure to you when we die.

The gospel cannot be preached and heard enough, for it cannot be grasped well enough... Moreover, our greatest task is to keep you faithful to this article and to bequeath this treasure to you when we die.


7.
Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.

Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.


8.
The law is divine and holy. Let the law have its glory, but yet no law, be it never so divine and holy, ought to teach me that I am justified, and shall live through it. I grant it may teach me that I ought to love God and my neighbor; also to live in love, soberness, patience, etc., but it ought not to show me how I should be delivered from sin, the devil, death, and hell. Here I must take counsel of the gospel. I must hearken to the gospel, which teaches me, not what I ought to do but what Jesus Christ the Son of God hath done for me: that He suffered and died to deliver me from sin and death. The gospel wills me to receive this, and to believe it. And this is the truth of the gospel. Most necessary it is, therefore, that we should know this article well, teach it unto others, and beat it into their heads continually.

The law is divine and holy. Let the law have its glory, but yet no law, be it never so divine and holy, ought to teach me that I am justified, and shall live through it. I grant it may teach me that I ought to love God and my neighbor; also to live in love, soberness, patience, etc., but it ought not to show me how I should be delivered from sin, the devil, death, and hell. Here I must take counsel of the gospel. I must hearken to the gospel, which teaches me, not what I ought to do but what Jesus Christ the Son of God hath done for me: that He suffered and died to deliver me from sin and death. The gospel wills me to receive this, and to believe it. And this is the truth of the gospel. Most necessary it is, therefore, that we should know this article well, teach it unto others, and beat it into their heads continually.


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: Law-General
9.
This is that mystery which is rich in divine grace to sinners: wherein by a wonderful exchange our sins are no longer ours but Christ’s, and the righteousness of Christ not Christ’s but ours. He has emptied Himself of His righteousness that He might clothe us with it and fill us with it; and He has taken our evils upon Himself that He might deliver us from them. Learn Christ and Him crucified. Learn to pray to Him and, despairing of yourself, say, “Thou, Lord Jesus, art my righteousness, but I am Thy sin. Thou hast taken upon Thyself what is mine and hast given to me what is Thine. Thou hast taken upon Thyself what Thou wast not and hast given to me what I was not.”

This is that mystery which is rich in divine grace to sinners: wherein by a wonderful exchange our sins are no longer ours but Christ’s, and the righteousness of Christ not Christ’s but ours. He has emptied Himself of His righteousness that He might clothe us with it and fill us with it; and He has taken our evils upon Himself that He might deliver us from them. Learn Christ and Him crucified. Learn to pray to Him and, despairing of yourself, say, "Thou, Lord Jesus, art my righteousness, but I am Thy sin. Thou hast taken upon Thyself what is mine and hast given to me what is Thine. Thou hast taken upon Thyself what Thou wast not and hast given to me what I was not."


10.
Now I should like to know whether your soul, tired of its own righteousness, is learning to be revived by and to trust in the righteousness of Christ… My dear brother, learn Christ and Him crucified. Learn to pray to Him and, despairing of yourself, say, “You, Lord Jesus, are my righteousness, but I am your sin. You have taken upon Yourself what is mine and have given to me what is Yours. You have taken upon Yourself what you were not and have given to me what I was not.” Beware of aspiring to such purity that you will not wish to be looked upon as a sinner, or to be one. For Christ dwells only in sinners. On this account He descended from heaven, where He dwelt among the righteous, to dwell among sinners. Meditate on this love of His and you will see His sweet consolation.

Now I should like to know whether your soul, tired of its own righteousness, is learning to be revived by and to trust in the righteousness of Christ... My dear brother, learn Christ and Him crucified. Learn to pray to Him and, despairing of yourself, say, "You, Lord Jesus, are my righteousness, but I am your sin. You have taken upon Yourself what is mine and have given to me what is Yours. You have taken upon Yourself what you were not and have given to me what I was not." Beware of aspiring to such purity that you will not wish to be looked upon as a sinner, or to be one. For Christ dwells only in sinners. On this account He descended from heaven, where He dwelt among the righteous, to dwell among sinners. Meditate on this love of His and you will see His sweet consolation.


11.
Our most merciful Father, seeing us to be oppressed and overwhelmed with the curse of the law…sent His only Son into the world and laid upon Him all the sins of all men, saying, “You be Peter that denier, Paul that persecutor, blasphemer and cruel oppressor, David that adulterer, that sinner who ate the apple in Paradise, that thief who hung upon the cross, and briefly, you be the person who has committed the sins of all men. See therefore that You pay and satisfy for them.”

Our most merciful Father, seeing us to be oppressed and overwhelmed with the curse of the law...sent His only Son into the world and laid upon Him all the sins of all men, saying, "You be Peter that denier, Paul that persecutor, blasphemer and cruel oppressor, David that adulterer, that sinner who ate the apple in Paradise, that thief who hung upon the cross, and briefly, you be the person who has committed the sins of all men. See therefore that You pay and satisfy for them."

Reference:   Commentary on Galatians 3:13.


12.
You should not believe your conscience and your feelings more than the Word which the Lord who receives sinners preaches to you.

You should not believe your conscience and your feelings more than the Word which the Lord who receives sinners preaches to you.


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: Feelings
13.
You should not believe your conscience and your feelings more than the Word which the Lord who receives sinners preaches to you.

You should not believe your conscience and your feelings more than the Word which the Lord who receives sinners preaches to you.


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: Conscience
14.
To gather with God’s people in united adoration of the Father is as necessary to the Christian life as prayer.

To gather with God's people in united adoration of the Father is as necessary to the Christian life as prayer.


15.
The Bible is alive; it speaks to me. It has feet; it runs after me. It has hands; it lays hold of me!

The Bible is alive; it speaks to me. It has feet; it runs after me. It has hands; it lays hold of me!


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: Bible-Relevancy
16.
For the gospel does not expressly demand works of our own by which we become righteous and are saved; indeed it condemns such works.  Rather the gospel demands faith in Christ: that He has overcome for us sin, death, and hell, and thus gives us righteousness, life, and salvation not through our works, but through His own works, death, and suffering, in order that we may avail ourselves of His death and victory as though we has done it ourselves.

For the gospel does not expressly demand works of our own by which we become righteous and are saved; indeed it condemns such works.  Rather the gospel demands faith in Christ: that He has overcome for us sin, death, and hell, and thus gives us righteousness, life, and salvation not through our works, but through His own works, death, and suffering, in order that we may avail ourselves of His death and victory as though we has done it ourselves.

Reference:   Preface to the New Testament.


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: Faith-Saving
17.
We must make a great difference between God’s Word and the word of man. A man’s word is a little sound, that flies into the air, and soon vanishes; but the Word of God is greater than heaven and earth, yea, greater that death and hell, for it forms part of the power of God, and endures everlastingly.

We must make a great difference between God's Word and the word of man. A man's word is a little sound, that flies into the air, and soon vanishes; but the Word of God is greater than heaven and earth, yea, greater that death and hell, for it forms part of the power of God, and endures everlastingly.

Reference:   Table Talk, p. 44.


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: Bible-Priority
18.
Here it is, plain and unvarnished. Unless I am convinced of error by the testimony of Scriptures or…by manifest reasoning I stand convicted by the Scriptures to which I have appealed, and my conscience is taken captive by God’s Word, I cannot and will not recant anything… On this I take my stand. I can do no other. God help me.

Here it is, plain and unvarnished. Unless I am convinced of error by the testimony of Scriptures or…by manifest reasoning I stand convicted by the Scriptures to which I have appealed, and my conscience is taken captive by God's Word, I cannot and will not recant anything… On this I take my stand. I can do no other. God help me.


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: Bible-Priority
19.
Let us then consider it certain and firmly established that the soul can do without anything except the Word of God and that where the Word of God is missing there is no help at all for the soul. If it has the Word of God it is rich and lacks nothing since it is the Word of life, truth, light, peace, righteousness, salvation, joy, liberty, wisdom, power, grace, glory, and of every incalculable blessing.

Let us then consider it certain and firmly established that the soul can do without anything except the Word of God and that where the Word of God is missing there is no help at all for the soul. If it has the Word of God it is rich and lacks nothing since it is the Word of life, truth, light, peace, righteousness, salvation, joy, liberty, wisdom, power, grace, glory, and of every incalculable blessing.

Reference:   The Freedom of the Christian.


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: Bible-Priority
20.
The rule is: listen and allow the Word to make the beginning, then the knowing [God] will nicely follow. If, however, you do not listen, you will never know anything. For it is decreed, God will not be seen, known, or comprehended except through his Word alone. Whatever therefore one undertakes for salvation apart from the Word is in vain. God will not respond to that. He will not have it. He will not tolerate any other way. Therefore, let his Book in which He speaks to you be commended to you. For he did not cause it to be written to no purpose. He did not want us to let it lie there in neglect, as if he were speaking with mice under the bench or with flies on the pulpit. We are to read it, to think and speak about it, and to study it, certain that He Himself, not an angel or a creature, is speaking with us in it.

The rule is: listen and allow the Word to make the beginning, then the knowing [God] will nicely follow. If, however, you do not listen, you will never know anything. For it is decreed, God will not be seen, known, or comprehended except through his Word alone. Whatever therefore one undertakes for salvation apart from the Word is in vain. God will not respond to that. He will not have it. He will not tolerate any other way. Therefore, let his Book in which He speaks to you be commended to you. For he did not cause it to be written to no purpose. He did not want us to let it lie there in neglect, as if he were speaking with mice under the bench or with flies on the pulpit. We are to read it, to think and speak about it, and to study it, certain that He Himself, not an angel or a creature, is speaking with us in it.


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: Bible-Priority
21.
You should not believe your conscience and your feelings more than the Word which the Lord who receives sinners preaches to you.

You should not believe your conscience and your feelings more than the Word which the Lord who receives sinners preaches to you.


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: Bible-Priority
22.
Now, wherever you hear or see this Word preached, believed, professed, and lived, do not doubt that the true ecclesia sancta catholica (Christian holy people) must be there…. And even if there were no other sign than this alone, it would still suffice to prove that a Christian, holy people must exist there, for God’s Word cannot be without God’s people and, conversely, God’s people cannot be without God’s Word.

Now, wherever you hear or see this Word preached, believed, professed, and lived, do not doubt that the true ecclesia sancta catholica (Christian holy people) must be there…. And even if there were no other sign than this alone, it would still suffice to prove that a Christian, holy people must exist there, for God’s Word cannot be without God’s people and, conversely, God’s people cannot be without God’s Word.

Reference:   On the Councils and the Church, Works, Fortress Press, 1966, v. 41, p. 150.


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: Bible-Priority
23.
The Bible cannot be understood simply by study or talent; you must count only on the influence of the Holy Spirit.

The Bible cannot be understood simply by study or talent; you must count only on the influence of the Holy Spirit.


24.
Nobody who has not the Spirit of God sees a jot of what is in the Scriptures. All men have their hearts darkened, so that, even when they can discuss and quote all that is in Scripture, they do not understand or really know any of it… The Spirit is needed for the understanding of all Scripture and every part of Scripture.

Nobody who has not the Spirit of God sees a jot of what is in the Scriptures. All men have their hearts darkened, so that, even when they can discuss and quote all that is in Scripture, they do not understand or really know any of it... The Spirit is needed for the understanding of all Scripture and every part of Scripture.


25.
No man understands the Scriptures, unless he be acquainted with the cross.

No man understands the Scriptures, unless he be acquainted with the cross.


26.
If I rest, I rust.

If I rest, I rust.

Reference:   The Early Years, Christian History, n. 34.


27.
The authority of Scripture is greater than the comprehension of the whole of man’s reason.

The authority of Scripture is greater than the comprehension of the whole of man's reason.


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: Authority-Bible
28.
Here it is, plain and unvarnished. Unless I am convinced of error by the testimony of Scriptures or…by manifest reasoning I stand convicted by the Scriptures to which I have appealed, and my conscience is taken captive by God’s Word, I cannot and will not recant anything… On this I take my stand. I can do no other. God help me.

Here it is, plain and unvarnished. Unless I am convinced of error by the testimony of Scriptures or…by manifest reasoning I stand convicted by the Scriptures to which I have appealed, and my conscience is taken captive by God's Word, I cannot and will not recant anything… On this I take my stand. I can do no other. God help me.


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: Authority-Bible
29.
Even if all the world were to combine forces, they could not bring about the conception of a single child in any woman’s womb nor cause it to be born; that is wholly the work of God.

Even if all the world were to combine forces, they could not bring about the conception of a single child in any woman's womb nor cause it to be born; that is wholly the work of God.

Reference:   Luther's Works, v. 7, p.  21.


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: Abortion
30.
[God] is like an eternal, unfailing fountain. The more it pours forth and overflows, the more it continues to give. God desires nothing more seriously from us than that we ask Him for much and great things.

[God] is like an eternal, unfailing fountain. The more it pours forth and overflows, the more it continues to give. God desires nothing more seriously from us than that we ask Him for much and great things.


31.
God is milking the cows through the vocation of the milkmaid.

God is milking the cows through the vocation of the milkmaid.


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: Work
32.
It ought to be the primary goal of every Christian to put aside confidence in works and grow stronger in the belief that we are saved by faith alone. Through this faith the Christian should increase in knowledge not of works but of Christ Jesus and the benefits of his death and resurrection.

It ought to be the primary goal of every Christian to put aside confidence in works and grow stronger in the belief that we are saved by faith alone. Through this faith the Christian should increase in knowledge not of works but of Christ Jesus and the benefits of his death and resurrection.

Reference:   The Freedom of the Christian.


33.
Faith…unites the soul with Christ, as a bride is united with her bridegroom. From such a marriage, as [the apostle] Paul says, it follows that Christ and the soul become one body, so that they hold all things in common, whether for better or worse. This means that what Christ possesses belongs to the believing soul, and what the soul possesses belongs to Christ. Thus Christ possesses all good things and holiness; these now belong to the soul. The soul possesses lots of vices and sin; these now belong to Christ… Now is not this a happy business? Christ, the rich, noble and holy bridegroom, takes in marriage this poor, contemptible and sinful little prostitute, takes away all her evil and bestows all His goodness upon her! It is no longer possible for sin to overwhelm her, for she is now found in Christ.

Faith...unites the soul with Christ, as a bride is united with her bridegroom. From such a marriage, as [the apostle] Paul says, it follows that Christ and the soul become one body, so that they hold all things in common, whether for better or worse. This means that what Christ possesses belongs to the believing soul, and what the soul possesses belongs to Christ. Thus Christ possesses all good things and holiness; these now belong to the soul. The soul possesses lots of vices and sin; these now belong to Christ... Now is not this a happy business? Christ, the rich, noble and holy bridegroom, takes in marriage this poor, contemptible and sinful little prostitute, takes away all her evil and bestows all His goodness upon her! It is no longer possible for sin to overwhelm her, for she is now found in Christ.


34.
May a merciful God preserve me from a Christian Church in which everyone is a saint! I want to be and remain in the church and little flock of the fainthearted, the feeble and the ailing, who feel and recognize the wretchedness of their sins, who sigh and cry to God incessantly for comfort and help, who believe in the forgiveness of sins.

May a merciful God preserve me from a Christian Church in which everyone is a saint! I want to be and remain in the church and little flock of the fainthearted, the feeble and the ailing, who feel and recognize the wretchedness of their sins, who sigh and cry to God incessantly for comfort and help, who believe in the forgiveness of sins.

Reference:   Works, XXII:55.


35.
Faith, if it is to be sure and steadfast, must lay hold upon nothing else but Christ alone, and in the conflict and terrors of conscience it has nothing else to lean on but this precious pearl Christ Jesus. So, he who apprehends Christ by faith, although he be terrified with the law and oppressed with the weight of his sins, yet he may be bold to glory that he is righteous. How? Even by that precious jewel Christ Jesus, whom he possesses by faith.

Faith, if it is to be sure and steadfast, must lay hold upon nothing else but Christ alone, and in the conflict and terrors of conscience it has nothing else to lean on but this precious pearl Christ Jesus. So, he who apprehends Christ by faith, although he be terrified with the law and oppressed with the weight of his sins, yet he may be bold to glory that he is righteous. How? Even by that precious jewel Christ Jesus, whom he possesses by faith.

Reference:   Galatians Commentary.


36.
How shall a work please God, if it proceeds from a reluctant and resisting heart? To fulfill the law, however, is to do its works with pleasure and love, and to live a godly and good life of one’s own accord, without the compulsion of the law. This pleasure and love for the law is put into the heart by the Holy Ghost.

How shall a work please God, if it proceeds from a reluctant and resisting heart? To fulfill the law, however, is to do its works with pleasure and love, and to live a godly and good life of one’s own accord, without the compulsion of the law. This pleasure and love for the law is put into the heart by the Holy Ghost.


37.
Faith is from God, not from man. Man can do nothing to earn or receive it.

Faith is from God, not from man. Man can do nothing to earn or receive it.


38.
It is neither safe nor prudent to do anything against conscience.

It is neither safe nor prudent to do anything against conscience.


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: Conscience
39.
The highest form of worship is the preaching of God’s Word..

The highest form of worship is the preaching of God’s Word..

Reference:   Martin Luther


40.
A layman who has the Scripture is more than Pope or council without it.

A layman who has the Scripture is more than Pope or council without it.


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: Bible-Power
41.
Let the wife make her husband glad to come home and let him make her sorry to see him leave.

Let the wife make her husband glad to come home and let him make her sorry to see him leave.


42.
To have peace and love in a marriage is a gift that is next to the knowledge of the gospel.

To have peace and love in a marriage is a gift that is next to the knowledge of the gospel.

Reference:   The Later Years and Legacy, Christian History, Issue 39.


43.
Monastic vows rest on the false assumption that there is a special calling, a vocation, to which superior Christians are invited to observe the counsels of perfection while ordinary Christians fulfill only the commands; but there simply is no special religious vocation since the call of God comes to each at the common tasks.

Monastic vows rest on the false assumption that there is a special calling, a vocation, to which superior Christians are invited to observe the counsels of perfection while ordinary Christians fulfill only the commands; but there simply is no special religious vocation since the call of God comes to each at the common tasks.


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: Calling-General
44.
How soon “not now” becomes “never.”

How soon “not now” becomes “never.”


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: Procrastination
45.
The human heart is like a ship on a stormy sea driven about by winds blowing from all four corners of heaven.

The human heart is like a ship on a stormy sea driven about by winds blowing from all four corners of heaven.


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: Heart
46.
Earth has nothing more tender than a woman’s heart when it is the abode of piety.

Earth has nothing more tender than a woman’s heart when it is the abode of piety.


47.
The mystery of the humanity of Christ, that He sunk Himself into our flesh, is beyond all human understanding.

The mystery of the humanity of Christ, that He sunk Himself into our flesh, is beyond all human understanding.

Reference:    


48.
It is the part of a Christian to take care of his own body for the very purpose that by its soundness and well-being he may be enabled to labor for the aid of those who are in want, and thus the stronger member may serve the weaker member.

It is the part of a Christian to take care of his own body for the very purpose that by its soundness and well-being he may be enabled to labor for the aid of those who are in want, and thus the stronger member may serve the weaker member.


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: Health-Physical
49.
Sin is essentially a departure from God.

Sin is essentially a departure from God.


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: Sin-Defined
50.
Now the article of justification, which is our sole defense, not only against all the force and craft of man, but also against the gates of hell, is this: that by faith only in Christ, and without works, we are pronounced righteous and saved.

Now the article of justification, which is our sole defense, not only against all the force and craft of man, but also against the gates of hell, is this: that by faith only in Christ, and without works, we are pronounced righteous and saved.


51.
At last, by the mercy of God, meditating day and night, I gave heed to the context of the words, namely, “In it the righteousness of God is revealed, as it is written, ‘He who through faith is righteous shall live.’” There I began to understand that the righteousness of God is that by which the righteous lives by a gift of God, namely by faith. And this is the meaning: the righteousness of God is revealed in the gospel, namely, the passive righteousness with which merciful God justifies us by faith, as it is written, “He who through faith is righteous shall live.” Here I felt that I was altogether born again and had entered paradise itself through open gates.

At last, by the mercy of God, meditating day and night, I gave heed to the context of the words, namely, “In it the righteousness of God is revealed, as it is written, ‘He who through faith is righteous shall live.’” There I began to understand that the righteousness of God is that by which the righteous lives by a gift of God, namely by faith. And this is the meaning: the righteousness of God is revealed in the gospel, namely, the passive righteousness with which merciful God justifies us by faith, as it is written, “He who through faith is righteous shall live.” Here I felt that I was altogether born again and had entered paradise itself through open gates.

Reference:   Preface to Luther’s Latin Writings.


52.
When the article of justification has fallen, everything has fallen… This is the chief article from which all other doctrines have flowed… It alone begets, nourishes, builds, preserves, and defends the church of God; and without it the church of God cannot exist for one hour. [It is] the master and prince, the lord and ruler, and the judge over all kinds of doctrines.

When the article of justification has fallen, everything has fallen… This is the chief article from which all other doctrines have flowed… It alone begets, nourishes, builds, preserves, and defends the church of God; and without it the church of God cannot exist for one hour. [It is] the master and prince, the lord and ruler, and the judge over all kinds of doctrines.

Reference:   What Luther Says: An Anthology, v. 2, p. 702-704, 715.


53.
What greater rebellion against God, what greater wickedness, what greater contempt of God is there than not believing His promise? For what is this but to make God a liar or to doubt that He is truthful.

What greater rebellion against God, what greater wickedness, what greater contempt of God is there than not believing His promise? For what is this but to make God a liar or to doubt that He is truthful.

Reference:   Freedom of a Christian, p. 59.


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: God-Promises
54.
If Sunday were anywhere made holy merely for the day’s sake or its observance set on a Jewish foundation, “Then I order you to walk on it, to ride on it, to dance on it, to feast on it, to do anything that shall remove this encroachment on Christian Liberty.”

If Sunday were anywhere made holy merely for the day’s sake or its observance set on a Jewish foundation, “Then I order you to walk on it, to ride on it, to dance on it, to feast on it, to do anything that shall remove this encroachment on Christian Liberty.”


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: Sabbath
55.
Therefore when I admonish you to confession I am admonishing you to be a Christian.

Therefore when I admonish you to confession I am admonishing you to be a Christian.

Reference:   Large Catechism.


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: Sin-Confession
56.
Christendom must have men who are able to floor their adversaries and take armor and equipment from the devil, putting him to shame.  But this calls for strong warriors who have complete control of Scripture, can refute a false interpretation, know how to wrest the sword they wield, that is their Bible passages, from the hands of the adversaries and beat them back with them.

Christendom must have men who are able to floor their adversaries and take armor and equipment from the devil, putting him to shame.  But this calls for strong warriors who have complete control of Scripture, can refute a false interpretation, know how to wrest the sword they wield, that is their Bible passages, from the hands of the adversaries and beat them back with them.


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: Apolegetics
57.
I beg every devout Christian not to despise the simplicity of language and the stories found in the Old Testament. He should remember that, however, simple the Old Testament may seem, it contains the words, works, judgments and actions of God Himself. Indeed the simplicity makes fools of the wise and the clever, and allows the poor and simple to see the ways of God. Therefore submit your thoughts and feelings to the stories you read, and let yourself be carried like a child to God.

I beg every devout Christian not to despise the simplicity of language and the stories found in the Old Testament. He should remember that, however, simple the Old Testament may seem, it contains the words, works, judgments and actions of God Himself. Indeed the simplicity makes fools of the wise and the clever, and allows the poor and simple to see the ways of God. Therefore submit your thoughts and feelings to the stories you read, and let yourself be carried like a child to God.


58.
Night and day I pondered until I saw the connection between the justice of God and the statement that “the just shall live by his faith.” Then I grasped that the justice of God is that righteousness by which through grace and sheer mercy God justifies us through faith. Thereupon I felt myself to be reborn and to have gone through open doors into paradise.

Night and day I pondered until I saw the connection between the justice of God and the statement that “the just shall live by his faith.” Then I grasped that the justice of God is that righteousness by which through grace and sheer mercy God justifies us through faith. Thereupon I felt myself to be reborn and to have gone through open doors into paradise.


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: God-Justice
59.
Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.

Faith is a living, daring confidence in God's grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: Faith-Defined
60.
Faith honors him whom it trusts with the most reverent and highest regard since it considers him truthful and trustworthy. There is no other honor equal to the estimate of truthfulness and righteousness with which we honor him whom we trust. Could we ascribe to a man anything greater than truthfulness and righteousness and perfect goodness?

Faith honors him whom it trusts with the most reverent and highest regard since it considers him truthful and trustworthy. There is no other honor equal to the estimate of truthfulness and righteousness with which we honor him whom we trust. Could we ascribe to a man anything greater than truthfulness and righteousness and perfect goodness?

Reference:   Freedom of a Christian, p. 59.


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: Faith-Defined
61.
Our Lord and Master Jesus Christ, in saying, Repent Ye, intended that the whole of the life of believers should be repentance.

Our Lord and Master Jesus Christ, in saying, Repent Ye, intended that the whole of the life of believers should be repentance.

Reference:   First of 95 Theses.


62.
To whatever we look for any good thing and for refuge in every need, that is what is meant by “god.” To have a god is nothing else than to trust and believe in him from the heart… To whatever you give your heart and entrust your being, that, I say, is really your god.

To whatever we look for any good thing and for refuge in every need, that is what is meant by “god.” To have a god is nothing else than to trust and believe in him from the heart… To whatever you give your heart and entrust your being, that, I say, is really your god.

Reference:   Luther’s Large Catechism.


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: Idolatry
63.
The God of this world is riches, pleasure and pride.

The God of this world is riches, pleasure and pride.


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: Idolatry
64.
The Christian is supposed to love his neighbor, and since his wife is his nearest neighbor, she should be his deepest love.

The Christian is supposed to love his neighbor, and since his wife is his nearest neighbor, she should be his deepest love.

Reference:   Christian Reader, v. 32, n. 3.


65.
The Holy Spirit has no skeptic. He has written neither doubt nor mere opinion into our hearts, but rather solid assurances, which are more sure and solid that all experience and even life itself.

The Holy Spirit has no skeptic. He has written neither doubt nor mere opinion into our hearts, but rather solid assurances, which are more sure and solid that all experience and even life itself.

Reference:   Letter to Erasmus.


66.
Of fasting I say this: It is right to fast frequently in order to subdue and control the body. For when the stomach is full, the body does not serve for preaching, for praying, or studying, or for doing anything else that is good. Under such circumstances God’s Word cannot remain. But one should not fast with a view to meriting something by it as by a good work.

Of fasting I say this: It is right to fast frequently in order to subdue and control the body. For when the stomach is full, the body does not serve for preaching, for praying, or studying, or for doing anything else that is good. Under such circumstances God's Word cannot remain. But one should not fast with a view to meriting something by it as by a good work.


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: Fasting
67.
The drawing is not like that of the executioner, who draws the thief up the ladder to the gallows; but is a gracious allurement, such as that of the man whom everybody loves, and to whom everybody willing goes.

The drawing is not like that of the executioner, who draws the thief up the ladder to the gallows; but is a gracious allurement, such as that of the man whom everybody loves, and to whom everybody willing goes.

Reference:   Irresistible Grace.


68.
There should be no sacraments except those found in the Bible: I can find only two, the Lord’s Supper and Baptism.

There should be no sacraments except those found in the Bible: I can find only two, the Lord’s Supper and Baptism.


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: Sacraments
69.
A good preacher should have these qualities and virtues:
1. He should teach systematically.
2. He should have a ready wit.
3. He should be eloquent.
4. He should have a good voice.
5. He should have a good memory.
6. He should know when to stop.
7. He should be sure of his doctrine.
8. He should go out and grapple with body and blood, wealth and honor, in the world.
9. He should let himself be mocked and jeered at by everybody.

A good preacher should have these qualities and virtues: 1. He should teach systematically. 2. He should have a ready wit. 3. He should be eloquent. 4. He should have a good voice. 5. He should have a good memory. 6. He should know when to stop. 7. He should be sure of his doctrine. 8. He should go out and grapple with body and blood, wealth and honor, in the world. 9. He should let himself be mocked and jeered at by everybody.


70.
It is not necessary for a preacher to express all his thoughts in one sermon. A preacher should have three principles: first, to make a good beginning, and not spend time with many words before coming to the point; secondly, to say that which belongs to the subject in chief, and avoid strange and foreign thoughts; thirdly, to stop at the proper time.

It is not necessary for a preacher to express all his thoughts in one sermon. A preacher should have three principles: first, to make a good beginning, and not spend time with many words before coming to the point; secondly, to say that which belongs to the subject in chief, and avoid strange and foreign thoughts; thirdly, to stop at the proper time.

Reference:   The Early Years, Christian History, n. 34.


71.
For where God built a church, there the devil would also build a chapel.

For where God built a church, there the devil would also build a chapel.


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: Satan-Methods
72.
The fiery oven is ignited merely by the unbearable appearance of God and endures eternally. For the Day of Judgment will not last for a moment only but will stand throughout eternity and will thereafter never come to an end. Constantly the damned will be judged, constantly they will suffer pain, and constantly they will be a fiery oven, that is, they will be tortured within by supreme distress and tribulation.

The fiery oven is ignited merely by the unbearable appearance of God and endures eternally. For the Day of Judgment will not last for a moment only but will stand throughout eternity and will thereafter never come to an end. Constantly the damned will be judged, constantly they will suffer pain, and constantly they will be a fiery oven, that is, they will be tortured within by supreme distress and tribulation.

Reference:   Cited in: Hell on Trial: The Case for Eternal Punishment by Robert Peterson, P&R Publishers, 1995, p. 110.


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: Hell-Horrors
73.
[It is not] as though the ungodly see God and His appearance as the godly will see Him; but they will feel the power of His presence, which they will not be able to bear, and yet will be forced to bear.

[It is not] as though the ungodly see God and His appearance as the godly will see Him; but they will feel the power of His presence, which they will not be able to bear, and yet will be forced to bear.


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: Hell-Horrors
74.
It is impossible for a person not to be puffed up by his good works unless he has first been deflated and destroyed by suffering and evil to the point that he knows that he is worthless and that his works are not his but God’s

It is impossible for a person not to be puffed up by his good works unless he has first been deflated and destroyed by suffering and evil to the point that he knows that he is worthless and that his works are not his but God’s


75.
A lie is a snowball; the further you roll it, the bigger it becomes.

A lie is a snowball; the further you roll it, the bigger it becomes.


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: Honesty
76.
Music is hateful and intolerable to the devil. I truly believe, and do not mind saying, that there is no art like music, next to theology. It is the only art, next to theology, that can calm the agitations of the soul, which plainly shows that the devil, the source of anxiety and sadness, flees from the sound of music as he does from religious worship. That is why the Scriptures are full of psalms and hymns, in which praise is given to God. That is why, when we gather round God’s throne in heaven, we shall sing His glory. Music is the perfect way to express our love and devotion to God. It is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.

Music is hateful and intolerable to the devil. I truly believe, and do not mind saying, that there is no art like music, next to theology. It is the only art, next to theology, that can calm the agitations of the soul, which plainly shows that the devil, the source of anxiety and sadness, flees from the sound of music as he does from religious worship. That is why the Scriptures are full of psalms and hymns, in which praise is given to God. That is why, when we gather round God’s throne in heaven, we shall sing His glory. Music is the perfect way to express our love and devotion to God. It is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.


77.
I never work better than when I am inspired by anger; for when I am angry, I can write, pray, and preach well, for then my whole temperament is quickened, my understanding sharpened, and all mundane vexations and temptations depart.

I never work better than when I am inspired by anger; for when I am angry, I can write, pray, and preach well, for then my whole temperament is quickened, my understanding sharpened, and all mundane vexations and temptations depart.


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: Anger-Righteous
78.
Since God is a just Judge, we must love and laud His justice and thus rejoice in God even when He miserably destroys the wicked in body and soul; for in all this His high and inexpressible justice shines forth. And so even hell, no less than heaven, is full of God and the highest Good. For the justice of God is God Himself; and God is the highest Good. Therefore even as His mercy, so His justice or judgment must be loved, praised, and glorified above all things.

Since God is a just Judge, we must love and laud His justice and thus rejoice in God even when He miserably destroys the wicked in body and soul; for in all this His high and inexpressible justice shines forth. And so even hell, no less than heaven, is full of God and the highest Good. For the justice of God is God Himself; and God is the highest Good. Therefore even as His mercy, so His justice or judgment must be loved, praised, and glorified above all things.

Reference:   Cited in: Hell on Trial: The Case for Eternal Punishment by Eugene Peterson, P&R Publishers, 1995, p. 111-112.


79.
Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time.

Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time.


80.
If I fail to spend two hours in prayer each morning, the devil gets the victory through the day and I have so much business I cannot get on without spending three hours daily in prayer.

If I fail to spend two hours in prayer each morning, the devil gets the victory through the day and I have so much business I cannot get on without spending three hours daily in prayer.


81.
[It is not] as though the ungodly see God and His appearance as the godly will see Him; but they will feel the power of His presence, which they will not be able to bear, and yet will be forced to bear.

[It is not] as though the ungodly see God and His appearance as the godly will see Him; but they will feel the power of His presence, which they will not be able to bear, and yet will be forced to bear.


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: Hell-Identified
82.
Prayer is not performance but climbing up to the heart of God.

Prayer is not performance but climbing up to the heart of God.


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: Prayer-Defined
83.
We cannot give God anything; for everything is already His, and all we have comes from Him. We can only give Him praise, thanks, and honor.

We cannot give God anything; for everything is already His, and all we have comes from Him. We can only give Him praise, thanks, and honor.


84.
God is not hostile to sinners, but only to unbelievers.

God is not hostile to sinners, but only to unbelievers.

Reference:   Leadership, v. 6, n. 1.


85.
Either sin is with you, lying on your shoulders, or it is lying on Christ, the Lamb of God. Now if it is lying on your back, you are lost; but if it is resting on Christ, you are free, and you will be saved.

Either sin is with you, lying on your shoulders, or it is lying on Christ, the Lamb of God. Now if it is lying on your back, you are lost; but if it is resting on Christ, you are free, and you will be saved.


86.
I felt myself absolutely born again.  The gates of paradise had been flung open and I had entered.  There and then the whole of Scripture took on another look to me.

I felt myself absolutely born again.  The gates of paradise had been flung open and I had entered.  There and then the whole of Scripture took on another look to me.


87.
Learn to know Christ and Him crucified. Learn to sing to Him, and say, “Lord Jesus, You are my righteousness, I am Your sin. You have taken upon Yourself what is mine and given me what is Yours. You have become what You were not so that I might become what I was not.

Learn to know Christ and Him crucified. Learn to sing to Him, and say, “Lord Jesus, You are my righteousness, I am Your sin. You have taken upon Yourself what is mine and given me what is Yours. You have become what You were not so that I might become what I was not.


88.
A religion that gives nothing, costs nothing, and suffers nothing, is worth nothing.

A religion that gives nothing, costs nothing, and suffers nothing, is worth nothing.


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: Religion
89.
There are three conversions: the conversion of the heart, mind and purse.

There are three conversions: the conversion of the heart, mind and purse.


90.
What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God… We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow.

What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God… We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow.


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: Work
91.
The works of monks and priests, however holy and arduous they be, do not differ one whit in the sight of God from the works of the rustic laborer in the field or the woman going about her household tasks, but that all works are measured before God by faith alone… Indeed, the menial housework of a manservant or maidservant is often more acceptable to God than all the fastings and other works of a monk or priest, because the monk or priest lacks faith.

The works of monks and priests, however holy and arduous they be, do not differ one whit in the sight of God from the works of the rustic laborer in the field or the woman going about her household tasks, but that all works are measured before God by faith alone… Indeed, the menial housework of a manservant or maidservant is often more acceptable to God than all the fastings and other works of a monk or priest, because the monk or priest lacks faith.

Reference:   The Babylonian Captivity of the Church.


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: Work
92.
The idea that the service to God should have only to do with a church altar, singing, reading, sacrifice, and the like is without doubt but the worst trick of the devil. How could the devil have led us more effectively astray than by the narrow conception that service to God takes place only in church and by works done therein… The whole world could abound with services to the Lord…not only in churches but also in the home, kitchen, workshop, field.

The idea that the service to God should have only to do with a church altar, singing, reading, sacrifice, and the like is without doubt but the worst trick of the devil. How could the devil have led us more effectively astray than by the narrow conception that service to God takes place only in church and by works done therein… The whole world could abound with services to the Lord…not only in churches but also in the home, kitchen, workshop, field.


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: Work
93.
The Bible is the cradle wherein Christ is laid.

The Bible is the cradle wherein Christ is laid.


94.
Remove Christ from the Scriptures and there is nothing left.

Remove Christ from the Scriptures and there is nothing left.


95.
Faith must trample under foot all reason, sense, and understanding.

Faith must trample under foot all reason, sense, and understanding.


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: Faith-Advice
96.
The higher people are in the favor of God, the more tender they are.

The higher people are in the favor of God, the more tender they are.

Reference:   Leadership, v. 8, n. 2


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: Gentleness
97.
Our faith in Christ does not free us from works, but from the false opinions concerning works; that is, from the foolish presumption that justification is acquired through works.

Our faith in Christ does not free us from works, but from the false opinions concerning works; that is, from the foolish presumption that justification is acquired through works.


98.
Esau and Jacob were born of the same father and mother, at the same time, and under the same planets, but their nature was wholly different. You would persuade me that astrology is a true science?

Esau and Jacob were born of the same father and mother, at the same time, and under the same planets, but their nature was wholly different. You would persuade me that astrology is a true science?

Reference:   The New Encyclopedia of Christian Quotations, compiled by: Mark Water, 2000, Baker, p. 86.


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: Astrology
99.
To a believer no law is given by which he becomes righteous before God…because he is alive and righteous and saved by faith, and he needs nothing further except to prove his faith by works. Truly, if faith is there, he cannot hold back: he proves himself, breaks out into good works.

To a believer no law is given by which he becomes righteous before God…because he is alive and righteous and saved by faith, and he needs nothing further except to prove his faith by works. Truly, if faith is there, he cannot hold back: he proves himself, breaks out into good works.

Reference:   Preface to the New Testament.


100.
We are not made righteous by doing righteous deeds; but when we have been made righteous we do righteous deeds.

We are not made righteous by doing righteous deeds; but when we have been made righteous we do righteous deeds.