“It ought to be the primary goal of every Christian to put aside confidence in works and grow stronger in the belief that we are saved by faith alone.  Through this faith the Christian should increase in knowledge not of works but of Christ Jesus and the benefits of his death and resurrection.”

Martin Luther, The Freedom of the Christian (Minneapolis, 2008), page 55.

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3 thoughts on “The primary goal of every Christian for 2012”

  1. So true! I just discovered this passage about 2012, some interesting prophetic insight perhaps? Ezekiel 20:11 “I gave them My statutes and My ordinances…” Ezekiel 20:12 “I gave them My sabbaths…”

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Ray Ortlund


Ray Ortlund is senior pastor of Immanuel Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and serves as a Council member with The Gospel Coalition. You can follow him on Twitter.

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