The fear of judgment dominated the Medieval Church. In theology and Christian culture. Similarly, in contemporary times many fear judgement, exposer, or being canceled. Perhaps not for religious reasons but the experience is similar. One is left with a troubled conscience. Fear, anxiety, pride or despair all result from this concern. The solution ultimately is found in being rightly oriented with Creator and creature. Christ Jesus makes this possible, by faith alone. Join Flame as he continues to unpack the central doctrine of justification by faith. The reading is from Robert Kolb and Charles Arand's, The Genius of Luther's Theology. Enjoy!
The righteousness of faith, which God imputes to us through Christ without works, . . . is a merely passive righteousness. . . . For here
we work nothing, render nothing to God; we only receive and permit someone else to work in us, namely, God. Therefore it is appropriate to call the righteousness of faith or Christian righteousness "passive. This is a righteousness hidden in a mystery, which the world does not
understand. In fact, Christians themselves do not adequately understand it or grasp it in the midst of their temptations. Therefore it must always be taught and continually exercised.
Luther, "Lectures on Galatians, 1531-1535"