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Daily Devotion


Only by Christ's Work

November 21, 2020
By Martin Luther

"The righteous shall live by faith."



Only by Christ's Work

Listen to this: For Christ alone it is proper to help and save others with His merits and works. The works of others are of benefit to no one, not to themselves either; for the statement stands: "The just shall live by faith" (Romans 1:17). For faith grounds us on the works of Christ, without our own works, and transfers us from the exile of our sins into the kingdom of His righteousness. This is faith; this is the Gospel; this is Christ.

From Judgment of Martin Luther on Monastic Vows (WLS, p. 922, no. 2891)