Bought by the Blood

August 7, 2009

a conversation with Luther on eternal salvation

who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. – 1 Peter 1:5

Me: Martin, can you explain to me how based on the above verse I can be assured of my salvation:?

Martin Luther: You have a strong rear-guard and helper, whose name is God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  He has begun a good work in you, and he must also complete it or all is lost.  He will guard you through His divine almighty strength and power that you may continue steadfast in the faith of his word and await the salvation in the living hope through patience prepared for you from the foundation of the world, lying yet hidden and mantled, reserved and sealed, so that it remains indeed invulnerable and sure.  However in due time it will, in the twinkling of an eye, be opened and uncovered so that you may view it forever and possess it as your joy.

Me: Wow, that is really deep.  How do I know that my faith steadfast and real?

Luther:Faith is a divine power.  When God produces faith, man must be born in another way and become a new creature; good works flowing from a purified nature must follow faith.  So that we dare not say to a Christian who has faith, Do this or that work, for he performs of himself and unbidden nothing but good works.  But this must be said to him, that he is not to deceive himself with a false, imaginary faith.

Me: Luther you are one smart dude.  I am sure glad you started the protestant reformation.  Do you have anything else you’d like to add?
Luther: The secure and false Christians, who are always more than the true believers, have no correct information concerning faith, for they think if they straightway fall into and continue in sin – yet they only believe – then there is no danger, for faith alone justifies without any good works.  In that, they rest.  They do nothing good, yea, only evil, and for all that, they wish to be Christians.  But they are worse than the heathen.  However, we heard above that faith begets new men and makes all things new in the heart, mind and senses.  These new men then as good tree, bear good fruit, and lead a holy life.  Where this is not the case, there is no true faith.

All of Luther’s answers were taken from his commentary on the epistles of Peter.
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