What Being Free from the Law Does

“No good work can rely upon the Word of God or live in the soul, for faith alone and the Word of God rule in the soul. Just as the heated iron glows like fire because of the union of fire with it, so the Word imparts its qualities to the soul. It is clear, then, that a Christian has all that he needs in faith and need no works to justify him; and if he has no need of works, he has no need of the law; and if he has no need of the law, surely he is free from the law”

“What man is there whose heart upon hearing these things, will not rejoice to its depth, and when receiving such comfort will not grow tender so that he will love Christ as he never could by means of any laws or works?… Behold, from faith thus flow forth love and joy in the Lord, and from love a joyful, willing, and free mind that serves ones, neighbor willingly and takes no account of gratitude or ingratitude, of praise or blame, of gain or lose. For a man does not serve that he may put men under obligations, He does not distinguish between friends or enemies or anticipate their thankfulness or unthankfulness, but he most freely and most willingly spends himself and all that he has, whether he wastes all on the thankless or whether he gains a reward. As his Father does, distributing all things to all men richly and freely.”

Martin Luther

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