Martin Luther in His Own Words

from Oct 27, 2019 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 this month only, you can request your free digital download of R.C. Sproul’s video teaching series Luther and the Reformation plus the ebook edition of The Legacy of Luther, edited by R.C. Sproul and Stephen Nichols at ligm.in/Reformation. Offer ends October 31, 2019.

Transcript

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.”