The Epistles of St. Peter and St. Jude Preached and Explained

Many people have a skewed view of Martin Luther because they've only been exposed to his polemic writings. However, if you really want to know Luther's heart, you need to read some of his sermons, letters, and commentaries. In the latter category, his commentary on Galatians is the most famous, but this set of commentaries on the epistles of Peter and Jude may be an even better place to start. Luther's pastoral concern shines through every page.

Outside of its historical significance, it holds up as a good commentary in its own right. Luther clearly and practically expounds the message of these epistles with excellent application to the Christian life.

Why Troubles are So Needful

 "This is an exhortation to prayer in extreme anxiety. Certain it is that when there is no distress there is no prayer. Or if there is a prayer it is feeble and listless, without sap and drive. That is why troubles are so needful. It is better to suffer a trial than to own a house, for all the riches in the world are not to be compared with a severe trial. The reason is that when there is no trial we are complacent and do not ask nor seek after God...No one can pray who has not known calamity. Prayers are unavailing which lack the great treasure, the holy cross."
-from Martin Luther's Easter Book, p. 32
 

Comments

Dale Melchin said…
Troubles are completely unnecessary Rick. You're a masochist. ;-)