-Wir sein pettler. Hoc est verum.--"We are beggars. This is true."--Martin Luther-

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Lutheran Quote of the Day: Luther on Promises and Exhortations

"The New Testament properly consists of promises and exhortations, just as the Old Testament properly consists of laws and threats. For in New Testament the gospel is preached, which is nothing else but a message in which the Spirit and grace are offered with a view to the remission of sins, which has been obtained for us by Christ crucified.

"Then follow exhortations, in order to stir up those who are already justified and have obtained mercy, so that they may be active in the fruits of the freely given righteousness and of the Spirit, and may exercise love by good works and bravely bear the cross and other tribulations of the world. This is the sum of the whole New Testament."

-Martin Luther LW 27:47

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