Christ’s Death is of No Avail to Us if the Word of God is Absent — Martin Luther

Christ on the cross and all his suffering and his death do not avail, even if, as you teach, they are ‘acknowledged and meditated upon’ with the utmost ‘passion, ardor, heartfeltness.’ Something else must always be there. What is it?  The Word, the Word, the Word. … Even if Christ were given for us and crucified a thousand times, it would be all in vain if the Word of God were absent and were not distributed and given to me with the bidding, this is for you, take what is yours.” — LW 40:212-213

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