Martin Luther on the bondage of the will, written in answer to the diatribe of Erasmus on free-will, tr. by H. Cole (Google eBook)

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Page 355 - of Christ—but for what merit or devoted effort? " For grace," saith he; that is, of Christ; as Paul also saith, Rom. v., " The grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many."~Where is now the endeavour
Page 238 - Two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels, and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger." : Here, manifestly, are two people distinctly mentioned. ' The one, though the younger, is received into the grace of God; to the intent that,
Page 342 - (saith he) Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory, but not before God. For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness." Mark here again, I pray you, the distinction of Paul, where he is shewing the two-fold righteousness of Abraham.—The one, is of works; that is, moral
Page 152 - observe, in what way the Diatribe handles that single passage in Ezekiel xviii. " As I live, saith the Lord, I desire not the death of a sinner, but rather that he should turn from his wickedness and live.
Page 205 - Therefore God made Pharaoh wicked; that is, from a wicked and corrupt seed : as he saith in the Proverbs of Solomon, xvi., " God hath made all things for himself, yea, even the wicked for the day of evil:.
Page 355 - of man" avails nothing more towards making men the sons of God, than " blood" does, or the carnal birth. And no one doubts whether or not the carnal birth makes men the sons of God; for as Paul saith, Rom. ix., " They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God ;" which -he proves by the examples of Ishmael
Page 390 - that the words of him who should speak obscurely, when he could speak more plainly, should be interpreted against himself/ And Christ also, condemned that wicked servant who excused himself by an evasion; and interpreting his own words against himself, said, " Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant." For, if in religion, in laws, and in all weighty
Page 57 - when he exalts to heaven, he does it by bringing down to hell: as the scripture saith, " The Lord killeth and maketh alive, he bringeth down to the grave and raiseth up,
Page 361 - He that believeth on him, (saith he) is not condemned; but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed on the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Page 346 - to myself, I must confess, I am more than astonished, that, when Paul so often uses those universally applying words "all," "none," " not,'' " not one," " without," thus, " they are all gone out of the way, there is none that doeth good, no

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