Bondage of the Will, The
Baker Publishing Group, Apr 1, 1990 - Religion - 322 pages
'The Bondage of the Wills' is fundamental to an understanding of the primary doctrine of the reformation. In these pages, Luther gives extensive treatment to what he saw as the heart of the gospel.
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As Christ distinguished the Spirit from the flesh, saying: 'That which is born of the
flesh is flesh', and adds that what is born of the flesh 'cannot see the kingdom of
God', it obviously follows that whatever is flesh is ungodly, under God's wrath,
and a stranger to his kingdom. And if it is a stranger to God's kingdom and Spirit,
it follows of necessity that it is under the kingdom and spirit of Satan. For there is
no middle kingdom between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan,
which are ...
taught by this passage to recognise that when they assert 'freewill' they are
denying Christ. For if I obtain the grace of God by my own endeavour, what need
have I of the grace of Christ for the receiving of my grace ? When I have the grace
of God, what do I need besides? The Diatribe said, and all the Sophists say, that
we obtain the grace of God by our own endeavour, and are thereby made ready
to receive it, not, indeed, as of condignity, but as of congruity.1 This is plainly to
Hence, so long as it is ignorant of Christ and does not believe on Him, it can will
and attempt no good thing, but necessarily serves that sin of which it is ignorant.
To sum up: Since Scripture everywhere proclaims Christ categorically and
antithetically, as I said, and thereby subjects all that is without the Spirit of Christ
to Satan, ungodliness, error, darkness, sin, death and the wrath of God, every
statement concerning Christ is a direct testimony against 'free-will'. And such
statements are ...
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HISTORICAL AND THEOLOGICAL INTRODUCTION
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