Martin Luther on the Holy Spirit: A Lesson in Sticking to the Basics

Saturday, 28 Feb 2015

"The external'that is, the word and the sacraments'precedes and effects the internal'that is, the Holy Spirit, faith, and salvation."
Martin Luther and the Reformation he initiated are famous for the so-called three solas: sola scriptura, sola gratia, and sola fide‘Scripture alone, grace alone, and faith alone. This fame is justified, for these three emphases permeate Luther's thought. To understand Luther on the Lord's Supper or salvation, or on how God works in the secular realm, one must first understand the content and contours of the three solas. The solas may be thought of as a key to unlocking much of Luther's thought. This key ...

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