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  • What more could be said?

    Some claim that the world is vastly different today because one man happened to be listening to someone else reading the preface to the Letter to the Romans written by Martin Luther out loud. They claim that England did not suffer through its own bloody internal revolution like France because John Wesley felt “his heart strangely warmed”, with the net result being missionaries flooding the earth. Still others have said that this Book of Romans is the ‘Magna Carta’ of the Christian faith. It was by reading Romans 1:17 (“the just shall live by faith”) that Martin Luther saw the Light, and this Scripture changed the world by starting the Reformation, and ending the Dark Ages. As we now switch back over to the New Testament may God speak more deeply to each of us from Romans than He ever has before. Below is the first paragraph of Luther’s Preface.

    “This letter is truly the most important piece in the New Testament. It is purest Gospel. It is well worth a Christian’s while not only to memorize it word for word but also to occupy himself with it daily, as though it were the daily bread of the soul. It is impossible to read or to meditate on this letter too much or too well. The more one deals with it, the more precious it becomes and the better it tastes. Therefore I want to carry out my service and, with this preface, provide an introduction to the letter, insofar as God gives me the ability, so that every one can gain the fullest possible understanding of it. Up to now it has been darkened by glosses and by many a useless comment, but it is in itself a bright light, almost bright enough to illumine the entire Scripture.”

    By grace through faith,
    Pastor Ed