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.

Teneo et Tenem

You may have seen the device of a hand holding a cross, with the motto Teneo et Tenem—I hold and am held, or to put it more freely, I bear and am borne. The words used before the cross of Christ was fully known—Take your cross—express the former idea: Accept your cross and bear it. The words given by the Holy Spirit after the Crucified One had been glorified and revealed as our life—“Crucified with Christ”—point more to the other side: Believe that His cross, that He the Crucified One, bears you. Before the work was finished it was only—Take your cross; now the finished work is revealed, that is, taken up and transfigured in the higher—Crucified with Christ, I bear the cross and am borne. “I have been crucified with Christ: Christ liveth in me.” It is only in the power of being borne that we can bear.
-from The Cross of Christ by Andrew Murray

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