Martin Luther in his younger years
He would later post his 95 theses on the Wittenberg Church door (in 1517)
After many soul-searching, agonizing, and tortuous years, Martin Luther came to understand Romans 1:17 "For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith, to faith: as it is written: 'The just shall live by faith.'"
Justice is not about earning God's favor, but receiving God's mercy which He purchased through the atoning death of Christ on the cross. Christ, the perfect lamb of God, became our substitute, taking our sin, bearing the punishment we deserved, and giving us His righteousness.
“I felt that I had been born anew and that the gates of heaven had been opened. The whole of scripture gained a new meaning. And from that point on the phrase ‘the justice of God’ no longer filled me with hatred, but rather became unspeakably sweet by virtue of a great love.”
Martin Luther, stifling a grin
Discussion of Martin Luther's famous and must-read book, Bondage of the Will. To buy it at Amazon.com, click HERE.