One of the areas of theology I have been teaching and preaching on the most in the past few years comes fromLuther’s The Freedom of a Christian.
I believe that it is a fundamentally important and timely piece and plan to pick away at it as often as I have time for as long as it takes.
For those that haven’t read it, Luther highlights a most important dichotomy:
To make the way smoother for the unlearned–for only them do I serve–I shall set down the following two propositions concerning the freedom and the bondage of the spirit:
A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none.
A Christian is a perfectly dutiful servant of all, subject to all.
As simple as this sounds the implications are enormous. I have spent months, on my feet and in real time, chasing through the treatise and its theological/scriptural implications. I believe Luther’s definition of faith coming from this piece to have fallen so far out of use that it will strike many as both profound and reformational.