Thursday, July 13, 2006

Humility When Studying God's Word

"The Holy Scriptures require a humble reader who shows reverence and fear toward the Word of God and constantly says, 'Teach me, teach me, teach me!' The Spirit resists the proud. Though they study diligently and some preach Christ purely for a time, nevertheless God excludes them from the church if they're proud. Wherefore every proud person is a heretic, if not actually, then potentially. However, it's difficult for a man who has excellent gifts not to be arrogant. Those whom God adorns with great gifts he plunges into the most severe trials in order that they may learn that they're nothing. ... Pride drove the angel out of heaven and spoils many preachers. Accordingly it's humility that's needed in the study of sacred literature."

--Martin Luther, year 1540, Luther's Table Talk

2 Comments:

Anonymous Vee said...

Luther was certainly a man who feared God over his fear of man.

A good lesson for us isn't it!

V

11:42 PM  
Blogger carla said...

Thanks for that.

1:18 PM  

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