For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith,as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

Martin Luther said that there was an evil monk inside of each of us. What did he mean by such a strange statement. After all, Luther was a monk, an Augustinian monk. He of all people new about evil monks, he had been tormented by the one inside of him all of his life. All of us have a self centered part of our lives that seeks to justify ourselves and our actions. We all listen to that evil monk far too often.
Luther had come to faith in Christ after a long , hard struggle with his idea of righteousness, or right standing with God. He had been taught that righteousness was something that he did, some system he implemented or teaching that he followed. He knew he could never live up to the standard of righteousness seen in the Bible, none of us ever can. When he became tired of falling short and the frustrations of trying to live a righteous life came to a head, Luther came upon the revelation that changed his life and birthed the protestant reformation.
“Though I lived as a monk without reproach, I felt that I was a sinner before God with an extremely disturbed conscience. I did not love, yes, I hated the righteous God who punishes sinners, and secretly, if not blasphemously, certainly murmuring greatly, I was angry with God and said, “as if, indeed, it is not enough, that miserable sinners, eternally lost through original sin, are crushed by every kind of calamity of the law of the ten commandments, without having God add pain by the gospel and also by the gospel threatening us with the righteous wrath!” Thus I raged with a fierce and troubled conscience.
At this point Luther said “he beat upon Paul”, looking for the answer to his trouble. This is when the light burst on his soul, “the just shall live by faith”. He saw it, salvation was a gift, not something we performed, righteousness was given to us by faith. Luther then said “I felt that I was altogether born again and had entered paradise itself through open gates”. As Luther discovered, there is an open gate into the joys of the other world through faith in Christ. Today, we can enter into that paradise. How? we join the throng who have gone before us declaring, “the just shall live by faith”.


  1. im amazed on gods mercy none of us not even the best deserves anything from god yet he loves us and made a way not by anything we can do in ourselves he asks us to beleive in him then bhhhe can take our lives iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin all ways and live in us we invite him god will not push himselve on any but he calls us those that recieve him by saying yes i want you will never be the same born in the spirit changed and continueing to be changed into his nature even though we die daily to the old i have to get things right a lot with the lord it could be i get tired we all do i have been very tired after working im learning ask for his rest and grace when situations come up when im tire he will everuy time give me the rest and strenth i need in spite of being tired my flesh is out of the way alot of times and he can take over this has happened in my life at times when we get out of the way he can use us we cant go by our own abilitys or what we know it is who we know he wants to increese in our lives as we let him

  2. WOW! The power of the gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes and so much more! Paul receives his revelation, his salvation and then as all reborn Christians do he stood at a crossroads. Does he return to his old life, go find somewhere far away to live out the rest of his new life in secret or does he face the world proclaiming the ‘good news’ facing ridicule from his peers and former friends? We know how this story ended for Paul – he gave up everything to proclaim the gospel, truly unashamed!
    Now each of us stands at that crossroads – do we go out and put on display the gift we received from our Father or do we try to put our light under a basket? It is the power of God that worked in us and with us in that moment of time of salvation (our first taste of God). If we allow the power of God to work through us (continue – sanctification) – I ask ‘what decision’ because we just cannot help ourselves from sharing the love of God. Oh yeah – for me it was scary cause I was going where I would never go in the natural but I just could not help myself – thank God!
    For all Christians I say if you think that first taste was good – the best is yet to come!

  3. Sorry you have such strong feelings about some of our church leaders from history. These are men I look up to and respect, there would be no church without them. All of us are frail and have issues in our lives, me included, but the Lord works through His imperfect vessels.

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