“Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.”
After searching the Scriptures, Martin Luther came to the wonderful conclusion that we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
Luther’s new understanding of God’s righteousness and grace was gladly received by many of his students, colleagues, and friends. But his criticism of the church’s unbiblical teachings made many enemies. As he taught and proclaimed the gospel of salvation by faith in Christ alone, opposition mounted. Eventually, charges were brought against him before the Emperor. The outcome of this trial could mean life or death for him.
Luther’s writings were placed before him, and he was told to deny what he had said. After prayerful consideration, he replied humbly: “I stand convicted by the Scriptures to which I have appealed, and my conscience is taken captive by God’s Word. I cannot and will not deny anything… God help me.”
On this critical occasion Luther stood on the truth of God’s Word, like the psalm writer: “Though I am lowly and despised, I do not forget your precepts. Your righteousness is everlasting and your law is true.”
The Lord protected Luther’s life by a remarkable providence and then inspired him to translate the Bible into the people’s language so that all could hear and read God’s truth and be rescued from sin. Will you stand on God’s Word?
Lord, give us strength to face any who oppose the truth of your Word. In the name of our Savior we pray. Amen.
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