UACLutheran Quotes

Quotes and excerpts from Lutherans young and old.

Luther on Humility

If you are highly pleased when someone praises you in the presence of others; if perhaps you look for praise, and would sulk or quit what you are doing if you did not get it — if you are of that stripe, dear friend, then take yourself by the ears, and if you do this […]

Diaper duty

Now you tell me, when a father goes ahead and washes diapers or performs some other mean task for his child, and someone ridicules him as an effeminate fool—though that father is acting in the spirit just described and in Christian faith—my dear fellow you tell me, which of the two is most keenly ridiculing the other? God, with all his angels and creatures, is smiling—not because that father is washing diapers, but because he is doing so in Christian faith. Those who sneer at him and see only the task but not the faith are ridiculing God with all his creatures, as the biggest fool on earth. Indeed, they are only ridiculing themselves; with all their cleverness they are . . . Read All
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AP V: Love and the Fulfilling of the Law

We love Him, because He first loved us, namely, because He gave His Son for us, and forgave us our sins. Thus he indicates that faith precedes and love follows. Likewise the faith of which we speak exists in repentance, i.e., it is conceived in the terrors of conscience, which feels the wrath of God against our sins, and seeks the remission of sins, and to be freed from sin.

Adolph Koeberle: Sanctification as the Work of God

…Sanctification must also be understood as an exclusive act of God.  Just as forgiveness is exclusively God’s work and every cooperation or conditioning activity on man’s part is completely excluded, so regeneration is an energy that comes simply out of Christ’s victory and does not require our supplementary efforts.  It is not fitting to teach justification evangelically and then in the doctrine of sanctification to turn synergistic.  Nowhere can we see the gruesome power of “devout” sin as active in theology as at this point.  If the “flesh” had to surrender all credit for the origin of faith it again asserts itself all the more emphatically in the continuation of the Christian estate.  Man is unwilling to give his honor . . . Read All

Koeberle: Ours is a life hidden in Christ

But we must not forget that where there is a dying with Christ there is also a living with Him.  True, it is a hidden life, but a life hidden in Christ, Who is the head of the body and Who will transform all His members. “The saying is trustworthy, for: If we have died with him, we will also live with him;” [2 Timothy 2:11, ESV].  When the Son walked in lowliness on earth they esteemed Him “stricken, smitten of God and afflicted” but through word and deed the glory of God shone through the veil of His servant’s form.  This paradox of the unrecognizableness and, in spite of it, the perceptibleness of God incarnate can also serve as . . . Read All

AP IV: The Promise Should Always Be in Sight

The promise ought always to be in sight that God, because of His promise, wishes for Christ’s sake, and not because of the Law or our works, to be gracious and to justify. In this promise timid consciences ought to seek reconciliation and justification; by this promise they ought to sustain themselves and be confident that for Christ’s sake, because of His promise, they have a gracious God. Thus works can never render a conscience pacified, but only the promise can. If, therefore, justification and peace of conscience must be sought elsewhere than in love and works, love and works do not justify, although they are virtues and pertain to the righteousness of the Law, in so far as they . . . Read All
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