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Romans 4:1-12, Luther's Succor

Key Verse

For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the scripture say? ‘Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.’
— Romans 4:2-3

RCL Daily Devotion for Monday, March 18, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).


The first chapters of Romans served as an “AHA” moment for Martin Luther, the church reformer. The struggle was whether God was a forgiving God and how one is made righteous only through faith.

Here’s a great preview from the 2003 movie that dealt with this whole subject…

Trailer for the 2003 film, "Luther" A biopic story about the German monk who's disagreements with Church sanctioned indulgence-sellers shook the very foundations of the Western Church.

Today, I think that many people have little awareness or concern over the historical argument that formed the entire Lutheran reformation.

But the jots and tittles we read in Romans still do have relevance today… they offer a glimpse into how God considers people righteous and how we connect with the Father and Mother of All. Faith is the key. Simple belief that God works God’s faith in and through the person of Jesus!

Thank you, God, for witnesses like Martin Luther, and for Paul who wrote the Letter to the Romans, that we might see that what matters to you is the faith you have given us freely. Amen.


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