The Gospel Coalition

Then they said to him, "What must we do, to be doing the works of God?" Jesus answered them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent."

John 6:28-29

Martin Luther concisely expounds on the "two words of God"--showing how the Law of God is intended to bring about desperation, a kind of desperation that only the Gospel of God can deliver us from. The Law reminds us that we're a lot worse than we think we are; the Gospel tells us that God's grace is infinitely bigger than we could have ever imagined.
Now, when a man has learned through the commandments to recognize his helplessness and is distressed about how he might satisfy the law--being truly humbled and reduced to nothing in his own eyes--he finds in himself nothing whereby he may be justified and saved.

Here the second part of Scripture comes to our aid, namely the promises of God which declare the glory of God, saying, "If you wish to fulfill the law, come believe in Christ in whom grace, righteousness, peace, liberty, and all things are promised to you. If you believe, you shall have all things; if you do not believe, you shall lack all things."

Martin Luther, On Christian Liberty


Walter Flach, Geneva-CH

December 30, 2011 at 12:12 PM

How utterly true. Lord you know that I (we) believe, help my (our) unbelief. That is my prayer for 2012. With the words of Pastor Tullian: Lord massage this Gospel truth deep into my bones, heart and mind every day,never to forget it, not for one second. I so desperately need it. It is the only way to successfully conquer the bastion of daily temptations.

All the glory and praise be to God for preachers like Tullian and many other Mt. Zion ambassadors.

Steve Martin

December 30, 2011 at 08:58 AM

The old sinner in me is determined to be an unbeliever all throughout my life. But the New man has other ideas. He believes, but solely because of Christ.

What a battle!

I thank God for all the gifts that He has provided for fighting this battle and keeping me in true faith.

Thanks for the great reminder, Pastor Tullian, of how simple, yet profound and often difficult the answer can be.


Susanne Schuberth (Germany)

December 30, 2011 at 02:50 PM

No matter of importance but I'm glad to look at a painting of Luther by Lucas Cranach the Elder who was one of Luther's closest friends and, last but not least, Cranach was born only a few miles away from my native town in Upper Franconia.
The truncated lettering at the head of the picture is to be read:

"In silentio et spe erit fortitudo vestra." (Vulgate) =
"In quietness and in trust shall be your strength." (Isaiah 30,15)