Concordia Theological Monthly

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law and gospel, sin, death, christian liberty, luther, bondage, devil, catechism, faith

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


"Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free" ( Gal. 5 :1 ). That is the sum and substance of St. Paul's letter to the Galatians. Christian liberty is Paul's one and only theme: the glorious liberty which has freed us from the tyrannical bondage under the Law, sin, death, the devil, and the wrath of God. This was also the heart and core of Luther's theology set forth in his Commentary on Galatians and especially in his treatise The Liberty of a Christian Man. The occasion for writing this tract is highly significant. The papal threat of excommunication had reached Wittenberg, October 3, 1520. Luther immediately dispatched a letter to Leo with the plea that the Pope should not heed the flattering counselors who had ill advised him.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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John 8:32, 36; Romans 6:18-23; John 8:31-36; Romans 7:3; Romans 8:2; Galatians 2:4; Galatians 4:21-31; Galatians 5:1; Romans 6:21; Romans 8:21; Romans 7:6; Galatians 3:23; Romans 7:13; Romans 4:15; Galatians 3:10;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars