December 8, 2017 Eric Blauer

Martin Luther on Letting God’s Word Do The Work

Martin Luther on Letting God’s Word Do The Work

“For this reason, we must take care, for if we would attempt to preserve the Gospel, not by means of its own power, but with our own strength, then it will be entirely lost. Therefore, if one tries with all his might to defend it, he will fail. Let us stop worrying about preserving the Gospel. The Gospel has no need of our help; it is sufficiently powerful on its own. God alone is in charge of it.  It belongs to Him. This is also what I do. Although there are many and great obstacles standing in the way, none of this bothers me in the least; I do not worry about how I will defend it. I and all of us are too weak for it, too weak to champion such a Word. I have entrusted it to our dear God. Yes, it is His Word. He is man enough to be its Champion and Guardian. Thus it is a small, trivial matter that this poor horde of Sophists should set themselves up against it. What do these bats hope to accomplish with their flapping wings?  Let them go, these people who are ignorant of God’s grace! Things must grow still worse, until the whole world opposes, rejects and condemns this Word. But the gates and all the power of hell will not prevail. In all of this, there is no better counsel going forward than to preach the Gospel simply and purely, and to pray God that He lead and guide us. I know of no other way to proceed.  This is what I do, and I do so joyfully in the name of God.”

“Take myself as an example. I opposed indulgences and all the papists, but never with force. I simply taught, preached, and wrote God’s Word; otherwise I did nothing. And while I slept [cf. Mark 4:26–29], or drank Wittenberg beer with my friends Philips and Amsdorf, the Word so greatly weakened the papacy that no prince or emperor ever inflicted such losses upon it. I did nothing; the Word did everything. Had I desired to foment trouble, I could have brought great bloodshed upon Germany; indeed, I could have started such a game that even the emperor would not have been safe. But what would it have been? Mere fool’s play. I did nothing; I let the Word do its work.”

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