Daily Luther (Bonus!): Faith, Salvation, God and You
Every good Lutheran pastor and student of the Bible knows we are saved: By grace, through faith, on account of Christ alone. Faith is not the one thing “we do” to start the heavenly tumblers of salvation moving, not the coin we put in the slot machine before we pull the grace lever. Salvation is ALWAYS by grace alone, through faith alone. When we use the little word “by” with Faith, all we mean is that it is a receiving hand, the instrumentality that God gives, and through which, we personally receive the fruits of Christ’s redeeming work on the cross.
Well, let’s just let good old Dr. Luther have the last word on this, ok?
“Even he who does not believe that he is free and his sins forgiven shall also learn, in due time, how assuredly his sins were forgiven, even though he did not believe it… He who does not accept what the keys give receives, of course, nothing. But that is not the key’s fault. Many do not believe the gospel, but this does not mean that the gospel is not true or effective. A king gives you a castle. If you do not accept it, then it is not the king’s fault, nor is he guilty of a lie. But you have deceived yourself and the fault is yours. The king certainly gave it.” (LW 40, 366ff)