Where Do We Get Missionary Fire?

Martin Luther writes:

…Let us conclude that faith alone justifies, and that faith alone fulfilleth the Law. For faith through the merit of Christ obtaineth the Holy Spirit, which Spirit doth make us new hearts, doth exhilarate us, doth excite and inflame our heart, that it may do those things willingly which the Law of love commandeth; and so, at last, good works indeed do proceed freely from the faith which worketh so mightily, and which is so lively in our hearts.

Cited in A. Skevington Wood, The Inextinguishable Blaze: Spiritual Renewal and Advance in the Eighteenth Century (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1960), 111.

So if you want to excite people and inflame them to action, tell them the gospel of justification by faith alone apart from works.

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2 Responses to “Where Do We Get Missionary Fire?”

  1. Faith is incredibly exciting. I define faith as being totally open to all of the wondrous possibilities in life, countless beyond one’s imagination. As well as being open to truth, whatever it may turn out to be.

    Great quote!

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