Martin Luther | Hearing God’s Word Through Others

Written By Ben Laur

Associate Pastor - Olathe Campus

The discipline of study involves carving time out of our “do more” culture to dig deep into the meaning of truth. One of the best places to study what God’s timeless word is speaking to us is to hear how a Christian leader in another time or culture is processing the truth of God’s word. 

Martin Luther (1483–1546) was the founder of the German Reformation. He was a theologian and professor at the University of Wittenberg. Through careful study of the scriptures, he rediscovered the doctrine of justification by faith, and concluded that the church’s theology and practice needed reforming. The author of catechisms, commentaries, theological books, and hymns, Luther’s influence upon the Protestant church is inestimable.

Read 1 Corinthians 1:18-25

Excerpt from Heidelberg Disputation, Thesis 20, by Martin Luther

“As the Apostle says in 1 Cor. 1:21, ‘For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.’ Now it is not sufficient for anyone, and it does him no good to recognize God in his glory and majesty, unless he recognizes him in the humility and shame of the cross. Thus God destroys the wisdom of the wise, as Isa. 45:15, ‘Truly, thou art a God who hidest thyself.’ So, also, in John 14:8, where Philip spoke according to the theology of glory: “Show us the Father.” Christ forthwith set aside his flighty thought about seeing God elsewhere and led him to himself, saying, ‘Philip, he who has seen me has seen the Father’ (John 14:9). For this reason true theology and recognition of God are in the crucified Christ, as it is also stated in John 14:6, “No one comes to the Father, but by me.’ ‘I am the door’ (John 10:9), and so forth”.

How does what Luther said here explain that the wisdom of God is foremost found in the cross? 

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