04 December 2012

Old Lutheran Quote of the Day

For we really need such purging and affliction every day because of the coarse old Adam. It is characteristic of a Christian life to improve constantly and to become purer. When we come to faith through the preaching of the Gospel, we become pious and begin to be pure. But as long as we are still in the flesh, we can never become completely pure. For this reason God throws us right into the fire, that is, into suffering, disgrace, and misfortune. In this way we are purged more and more until we die. No works can do this for us. —Martin Luther, Commentary on First Peter (1:9)

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