Reading Together Review

Holiness of God:
The Insanity of Luther

In this weeks chapter of RC Sproul’s book “The Holiness of God” I understand why Luther had a hard time with reconciling his sin with God’s holiness. Only by accepting God’s justification and ongoing sanctification through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ can we ever hope to please God. It’s through faith in Christ NOT our fallible attempts at purity. 

No wonder Luther was viewed as insane by some as he struggled to reach this idea. Luther was driven by fear of a judgemental God of wrath and his own ever present guilt regarding hos own sins. I believe that those reported digestive problems of Luthers were the signs of ulcers that he no doubt earned through the inner turmoil that he endured in trying to unite his law/justice sense in that God has every right to demand our holiness and to severely punish us.  However, realizing our inability to overcome our own sinful nature by means of even our best efforts, God provided the Way.

He utilized mercy and grace, showing us divine forgiveness and self-sacrificing love through the provision of Jesus as the bearer of our deserved punishment. He paid the debt that was ours to pay. It was such a great cost that He could bear for the sake of our souls eternal reconciliation with God. 

This chapter was a good example how perfect love casts out fear.
A righteousness that we could never earn has been given unto us! Glory to God!

A sense of peace can come to Luther as he reuses the truth of the Gospel. That Almighty God utilized mercy and grace, showing us divine forgiveness and self-sacrificing love through the provision of Jesus as the bearer of our deserved punishment. He paid the debt that was ours to pay. It was such a great cost that He could bear for the sake of our souls eternal reconciliation with God. 

A righteousness that we could never earn has been given unto us! Glory to God!


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3 Responses to “Reading Together Review”

  1. You have done a nice job capturing the essence of the gospel in your chapter summary. I enjoyed reading this chapter, but it took me awhile to figure out WHY it was in here. I think I get it now.

    “This chapter was a good example how perfect love casts out fear.
    A righteousness that we could never earn has been given unto us! Glory to God!”

    I agree with you!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I agree, you did a great job with this summary! Thanks for sharing! What hope would we have without the truth of the Gospel?

    • ellen5e says:

      Hi Liz! Happy New Year! I just want to bring a prayer request to your attention posted on my blog. [http://ellen5e.com] If you remember we did the Holiness of God book reading group together. So I am hoping that you will join us in prayer for this little baby fighting for his life.

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