Martin Luther’s Confession of the Gospel of Justification

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Martin Luther's Discovery of the Doctrine of Justification

In 1519, Luther published an edited copy of his lectures on Galatians.  This text represented his clearest exposition of the doctrine of justification.  His new colleague, Philip Melanchthon, edited the text and gave Luther the citations of the church fathers.[1] … Continue reading

Martin Luther’s Discovery of Justification by Faith Alone

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Martin Luther's Discovery of the Doctrine of Justification

An examination of Luther’s lectures on Romans in 1515-1516 reveals significant changes in his understanding of justification.  In these lectures, he began to emphasize the believer’s passive role as a recipient of God’s righteousness by grace.  Additionally, he explicitly rejected … Continue reading

Martin Luther’s Discovery: The Late Medieval Background

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Martin Luther's Discovery of the Doctrine of Justification

In 1545, Martin Luther wrote the preface for the publication of his complete works in Latin.  Therein he included a biographical statement that included his recollection of how he rediscovered the doctrine of justification by faith alone.  He wrote: At … Continue reading