“The one doctrine which I have supremely at heart” by Martin Luther

“I myself can hardly believe I was as verbose when I lectured on St. Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians, as this volume indicates. But since I recognise as mine all the thoughts which the brethren have taken such pains to set down in it, I am forced to admit that I said as much and perhaps even more.

For the one doctrine which I have supremely at heart, is that of faith in Christ, from Whom, through Whom and unto Whom all my theological thinking flows back and forth day and night.

Not that I find I have grasped anything of a wisdom so high, so broad and so profound, beyond a few meagre rudiments and fragments; and I am ashamed that my poor, uninspired comments on so great an Apostle and chosen instrument of God should be published.

Yet I am compelled to forget my shame and be quite shameless in view of the horrible profanation and abomination which have always raged in the Church of God, and still rage to-day, against this one solid rock which we call the doctrine of justification.

I mean the doctrine that we are redeemed from sin, death and the devil, and made partakers of eternal life, not by ourselves (and certainly not by our works, which are less than ourselves), but by the help of another, the only-begotten Son of God, Jesus Christ.”

–Martin Luther, Commentary on Galatians (Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1997).

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  1. Harold – Harold Gutierrez hails from Newark, NJ. He grew up for most of his childhood in the South American country of Colombia. He obtained his BA in English from Florida Atlantic University. In 2003, Harold came to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. He has been an active member of Church of all Nations since 2003. In 2005 after months of praying about his purpose in life, Harold received a calling to full-time ministry. He enrolled in International School of Ministry where he got his degree in Theological Studies. Harold then became and continues to be an ordained minister with Christian Ministries International. Harold has a passion to teach and train youth and young adults with an uncompromising message that challenges, encourages, and inspires them to follow a godly life with all their lives, and to answer the call of God in their lives. He has a passion for Europe and has participated in missionary work in Germany and England. He is currently right now the assistant Director of The Fire Institute. He is a prospective writer, and a conference speaker. He is pursuing his Master’s at Oral Roberts University. Harold speaks English, Spanish, and is semi-fluent in German.
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