To say Martin Luther has made a profound impact on the world today would be an understatement. Not only did he stand up to the corruption of his day and ignite the flame that would become the Protestant Reformation, but he reestablished the Gospel at the center of the Christian life.

A prolific writer and teacher, it’s impossible to distill everything Luther said and wrote into a single blog post. Instead, we have selected a few key passages from his commentary on Galatians.

Though it may seem a strange place to start, his words in this commentary clearly illustrate the heart of the gospel message that became the foundation of the Reformation throughout Europe—that we are not saved by our own merits and good deeds, but by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.

1. “The Gospel supplies the world with the salvation of Jesus Christ, peace of conscience, and every blessing.”

2. “Christ came into the world to reconcile God with us and to draw us to the Father.”

3. “The right separation between Law and Gospel is very important to know. Christian doctrine is impossible without it.”

LDDVD-product4. “The greeting of the Apostle is refreshing. Grace remits sin, and peace quiets the conscience. Sin and conscience torment us, but Christ has overcome these fiends now and forever. Only Christians possess this victorious knowledge given from above.”

5. “… the truth will win out.”

6. “The article of justification must be sounded in our ears incessantly because the frailty of our flesh will not permit us to take hold of it perfectly and to believe it with all our heart.”

7. “But we who endeavor to please God and not men, stir up hell itself.”

8. “Did God call me on account of my holy life? Or on account of my pharisaical religion? Or on account of my prayers, fastings, and works? Never. Well, then, it is certain God did not call me on account of my blasphemies, persecutions, oppressions. What prompted Him to call me? His grace alone.”

9. “God not only pardoned our iniquities, but in addition overwhelmed us with blessings and spiritual gifts.”

10. “These two terms, grace and peace, constitute Christianity. Grace involves the remission of sins, peace, and a happy conscience. Sin is not canceled by lawful living, for no person is able to live up to the Law. The Law reveals guilt, fills the conscience with terror, and drives men to despair. Much less is sin taken away by man-invented endeavors. The fact is, the more a person seeks credit for himself by his own efforts, the deeper he goes into debt. Nothing can take away sin except the grace of God. In actual living, however, it is not so easy to persuade oneself that by grace alone, in opposition to every other means, we obtain the forgiveness of our sins and peace with God.”

Bonus Quote:

As Martin Luther was on trial for his writing of The Ninety-Five Theses, he faced the choice of recanting the words he knew to be true or become a convicted outlaw and heretic by order of the Holy Roman Emperor. This is what he said:

“Unless I can be instructed and convinced with evidence from the Holy Scriptures or with open, clear, and distinct grounds of reasoning … then I cannot and will not recant, because it is neither safe nor wise to act against conscience.” Then he added, “Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me! Amen.

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It’s the time of year when young men and women enter the season of adulthood – or in other words: the workforce.  It’s also when many of us begin to hear new words of wisdom trickling in from commencement speakers with all kinds of philosophies and agendas.

You’ll hear it as you attend the graduation of a friend, a relative, or even yourself. But before you start taking “positive” advice to heart – first think about where these words are coming from.

Much of the advice coming from the world will seem good on the surface, but where will this form of wisdom direct us?  When it comes to the most important message, are we going to hear it from the most influential people in the western world?  Or can we only find it in the gospel of Jesus Christ?

Here are a few quotes from some recent commencement speakers. Try finding the difference between how the world views a life of success and how Christ views a life of purpose:

What I know now is that feelings are really your GPS system for life. When you’re supposed to do something or not supposed to do something, your emotional guidance system lets you know.”

– Oprah Winfrey (Stanford University, 2008)


“You may learn sooner than most generations the hard lesson that you must always make the path for yourself… so if you must find your own path and we have left you no easy path, decide now to choose the hard path that leads to the life and the world that you want.”

– Stephen Colbert (University of Virginia, 2013)


“Don’t let yourself be trapped by dogma … which is living with the results of other’s thinking.”

– Steve Jobs (Stanford University, 2005)

Preach the Gospel to yourself.  Share the Gospel with others. It is joy, peace, and good news that comes from Christ alone. Then you will be an ambassador for Christ in a very dark world.”

– Charles Morris (Providence Christian College, 2013)


“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.  For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,”made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” – 2 Corinthians 4:4-7