Early in the course of the Reformation (1520) Martin Luther penned a trilogy of foundational documents addressing the Church, the Nobility and the Christian life. This document concerning the Christian life expounds the famous paradox: A Christian man is the most free lord of all, and subject to none; a Christian man is the most dutiful servant of all, and subject to every one.
We have strayed so far from the simple teaching of salvation by faith alone in this day and age, into the belief that in order to be right with God we somehow need to get on board with the next “latest and greatest” Bible reading program, prayer method, or tithing practice in order to have a right standing with God. In this treatise, Luther hammers home the simple truth that our Christian disciplines cannot save us, but rather that believing, by “faith alone” in Jesus’ power to save us from our sinfulness, is powerful enough not only to justify us before God, but also fill us with a desire to serve others that will naturally produce good works in us over time. If any generation ever needed to hear this message, it is ours, more than any other.55
John MacArthur wrote a book called "Slave" to describe the Christian life. Luther wrote a book called "Christian Liberty" to describe the Christian life. Wow! How far have we departed from the Reformation tradition! Evangelical Christians must start reading Luther again if we wish to preserve the purity and simplicity of the gospel for future generations. This is a must read for every Christian, or for any scholar seeking to understand the paradox that Christians are completely free, yet willing servants of all. Luther was a master of using paradox to provoke deep contemplation of truth.55
So much deep spiritual insight! Really helped identify the self-righteousness and legalism in me and begin to understand True Freedom in Christ!55