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Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Monday 27 January 2014 at 06:00 am.

27 January

Abraham believed the Lord, and He counted that to him for righteousness. Genesis 15:6.

If anyone were to ask whether Abraham was also righteous before this time, I would answer: Yes, he was righteous on account of the fact that he believed God. Abraham, as he, upon God's command, forsook his fatherland and dared to go into misery, had a genuine faith, however everyone is not ordered to do such a thing. In such a case this would not have been said: “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him for righteousness.” However, the Holy Spirit places it here as He is speaking about the heavenly Seed, so that this doctrine be made certain in the church for all times; namely, that all who along with Abraham believe this promise, truly are righteous. For the Holy Spirit wanted to set this verse into this text plain and clearly, since it actually belongs/pertains here that righteousness is nothing other than believing God's promises.

I wish you could all read German so that you would get the full flavor of what Luther wrote for this day's "Christian GUIDE for every Day"... I pray that the above fairly well captures it.  It brought to my mind the beauty of God taking us guilty sinners and pounding down the gavel and saying; "I declare you righteous!"  Hallelujah!  Abraham and all the other Old Testament saints were justified by faith alone, before the Seed of the woman was ever born. (cf. Romans 3:28)  So, Sola fides, Sola gratia, Sola Scriptura (we are saved by faith alone, grace alone, Scripture alone)... all would have been impossible had not Christ our Savior been born!

In the name of the Christ Child,

Elmer H.

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