Never Tire of the Gospel by Martin Luther
People donâ€™t earn Godâ€™s approval or receive life and salvation because of anything theyâ€™ve done. Rather, the only reason they receive life and salvation is because of Godâ€™s kindness through Christ. There is no other way.
Many Christians are tired of hearing this teaching over and over. They think that they learned it all long ago. However, they barely understand how important it really is. If it continues to be taught as truth, the Christian church will remain united and pure â€“ free from decay. This truth alone makes and sustains Christianity. You might hear an immature Christian brag about how well he knows that we receive Godâ€™s approval through Godâ€™s kindness and not because of anything we do to earn it. But if he goes on to say that this is easy to put into practice, then have no doubt he doesnâ€™t know what heâ€™s talking about, and he probably never will. We can never learn this truth completely or brag that we understand it fully. Learning this truth is an art. We will always remain students of it, and it will always be our teacher.
The people who truly understand that they receive Godâ€™s approval by faith and put this into practice donâ€™t brag that they have fully mastered it. Rather, they think of it as a pleasant taste or aroma that they are always pursuing. These people are astonished that they canâ€™t comprehend it as fully as they would like. They hunger and thirst for it. They yearn for it more and more. They never get tired of hearing about this truth.
-Martin Luther, Quoted in Faith Alone, James C. Galvin