Friday, May 20, 2011

Once For All

Martin Luther in his Commentary on Galatians:

The monks imagined the world was crucified unto them when they entered the monastery. Not the world, but Christ, is crucified in the monasteries.

How so?

To trust in our religious devotion for justification is to be ever-striving, because we are ever-sinning. This theoretical recycling of salvation assumes Christ's original work did not justify us "once for all" but must continue to be accessed through our efforts, treating justification like a spiritual game of Whack-a-Mole.

To taste of the heavenly gift and fall away from the gospel of justification by grace through faith is to "crucify once again the Son of God to our own harm" (Heb. 6:6).


Fr. Stephen Lourie said...

Or, Luther had a deep distrust of monks because at that time many were very corrupt and had a distorted view of salvation.

To work out your own salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12-13) is another possibility for those who strive; not for justification but for holiness.

Fr. Stephen, former Vermonter

Jared said...

Yes, along these lines: