Martin Luther in His Own Words

from Oct 28, 2018 Category: Ligonier Resources

After years of struggling with his guilt, Martin Luther finally realized that righteousness is not something he could achieve, but rather a gift of God. In this brief clip, Michael Reeves reads Luther’s account of being born again.

This Reformation Month, watch a short video every day on the history and insights of the Protestant Reformation. And don’t forget that for a donation of any amount this month only, you can also receive a copy of Luther: The Life and Legacy of the German Reformer, a documentary featuring interviews with R.C. Sproul and several Ligonier Teaching Fellows, on DVD. Offer ends 10/31/18.


Looking at that verse which says, “the righteous will live by faith” he said; “Though I lived as a monk without reproach, I felt I was a sinner before God with an extremely disturbed conscious, and I could not believe that God was placated by my satisfaction. Thus, I raged with a fierce and troubled conscious. Nevertheless, I beat importunately upon Paul at that place, Romans 1:17 ardently desiring to know what’s it Paul wanted, and I began to understand that the righteousness of God is that by which the righteous live by a gift of God, mainly by faith. The righteousness of God is revealed by the gospel, a passive righteousness by which the merciful God justifies us by faith. Here I felt, I was altogether born again.”