Friday, July 22, 2011

Luther on the Cross

"This is the love of the cross, born of the cross, which turns in the direction where it does not find good that it may enjoy, but where it may confer good upon the bad and needy person. 'It is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:25).' says the Apostle." Martin Luther quoted in Gerhard Forde, On Becoming a Theologian of the Cross.

I love the way that Luther includes the quote from Acts 20. I'd never thought about that statement in that way. Of course it is more blessed to give than to receive because that is the model of what God has done. He didn't seek out worshippers to enhance His life by their gifts but He created so as to give the eternal love of the Trinity. And having created He didn't seek fit receptacles for that love but renewed those who were wholly unfitted by their sin.

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