Martin Luther

October is a good time to remember Martin Luther.  On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses on the Wittenberg Door.  These theses were to challenge the church to come back to the truth of Scripture.  The church of the day had gotten away from the good news and started laying down man made laws and imposing their rules on their followers. Martin Luther wanted to turn them back to the truth, that we are not saved by what we do, but we are saved by God’s grace.

Martin Luther Quote

“To be convinced in our hearts that we have forgiveness of sins and peace with God by grace alone is the hardest thing.” ~ Martin Luther, Commentary on Galatians

“What awful presumption to imagine that there is any work good enough to pacify God when to pacify God required the invaluable price of the death and blood of His One and only Son?” ~ Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians

Following is an excerpt from Martin Luther’s Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians – Verse 2:21:

“I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.”  Galatians 2:21

“Did Christ die, or did He not die?  Was His death worthwhile, or was it not?  If His death was worthwhile, it follows that righteousness does not come by the Law.  Why was Christ born anyways?  Why was He crucified?  Why did He suffer?  Why did He love me and give Himself for me?  It was all done to no purpose if righteousness is to be had by the Law.

“Or do you think that God spared not His Son, but delivered Him for us all, for the fun of it?… 

“To reject the grace of God is a common sin, of which everybody is guilty who sees any righteousness in himself or in his deeds…

“We will always affirm with Paul that either Christ died in vain or else the Law cannot justify us.  But Christ did not suffer and die in vain.  Hence, the law does not justify.

“If my salvation was so difficult to accomplish that it necessitated the death of Christ, then all my works, all the righteousness of the Law, are good for nothing.  How can I buy for a penny what cost a million dollars?  The Law is a penny’s worth when you compare it with Christ.  Should I be so stupid as to reject the righteousness of Christ which cost me nothing, and slave like a fool to achieve the righteousness of the Law which God disdains?

“Man’s own righteousness is in the last analysis a despising and rejecting of the grace of God.  No combination of words can do justice to such an outrage.  It is an insult to say that any man died in vain.  But to say that Christ died in vain is a deadly insult.  To say that Christ died in vain is to make His resurrection, His victory, His glory, His kingdom, heaven, earth, God Himself, of no purpose and benefit whatever.”  ~ Martin Luther Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians (Galatians 2:21)

October Grace

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses on the Wittenberg Door.  These theses were to challenge the church to come back to the truth of Scripture.  The church of the day had gotten away from the good news and started laying down man made laws and imposing their rules on their followers.  These people draw near to me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me, and in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commands of men.” Matt. 15:8-9  Martin Luther wanted to turn them back to the truth, that we are not saved by what we do, but we are saved by grace.  Eph. 2:9 tells us For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works lest anyone should boast. 

As Christians homeschooling our Children, we must remember to keep the Gospel, the Good News, in focus.  Once we are saved the Gospel isn’t void.  We are saved and continue to be saved and sanctified by the completed work of Jesus Christ.  Are you so foolish?  Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh? Gal. 3:3  Christianity isn’t about a set of rules and to do list; it’s about living in relationship with our Lord and Savior.  It’s not about trying to be the most ‘spiritual,’ the most ‘sanctified’ the most ‘loved’ Christian; it’s about living daily in the reality of who we are and who God is.

As we homeschool our children, this is an important issue to focus on, since it would be easy to forget this, as our children are sheltered from many of the obstacles and temptations found in the ‘real world.’  Our children could start to feel that for someone to be acceptable and lovable they have to behave in a certain way, or live up to a set standard, or be constrained by certain manmade sets of rules.  There is a great danger in this.  We are saved by grace, not by how good we are.  When we or our children start believing we are more spiritual, more sanctified, more loved because we live or act a certain way we are becoming like the Pharisee who prayed … “God, I thank You that I am not like other men – extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector.  I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.” Luke 18:11-12

When Jesus came to walk among us, He came to show God’s great love and compassion for a dieing, hurting world.  The Pharisees were angered by His behavior.  They did not like the compassion He showed to the lost or the friendships He developed with the ‘sinner’s.  For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’  The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Luke 7:33-35  We also read in Luke:  And their scribes and the Pharisees complained against His disciples, saying, “Why do You eat and drink with the tax collectors and sinners? Jesus answered them and said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.  I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.  Luke 5:30-32     

Where is your focus?  Where are you directing your children’s focus?  – on living up to yours and others expectations, rules, to dos? or on an awesome Savior who came to nurture, love and die for a diseased world?

By Tami Munden

October Fall Picture with quote by Martin Luther