Speaker: Pastor Marty Martin
II Corinthians 7:2-16
Sola Scriptura, “Scripture alone,” was the cornerstone of the Protestant Reformation upon which sola fide, “faith alone,” sola gratia, “grace alone,” solus Christus, “Christ alone,” and soli Deo gloria, “glory to God alone,” were built. All that is known about God and his gracious salvation is revealed in his Word. Martin Luther came to understand through sola Scriptura that his attempts to recall each and every sin when asking God’s forgiveness would fail. Luther would complete his prayer asking forgiveness, stand to walk away, and within a pace or two realize he had forgotten to confess a sin. Luther’s sensitivity to sin and his need for the assurance of forgiveness found their resolution in the simple words, “The just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17, also, Habakkuk 2:4; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38). He learned that faith in Christ not only brought justification and forgiveness, but also the grace to live each day to God’s glory. Martin Luther did not stop praying for forgiveness, but distress caused by the gaps in his memory was relieved through understanding that he should live by faith.