Hearing the Gospel

“The first part then of Christianity is the preaching of repentance, and the
knowledge of ourselves… A man, therefore, is made a Christian not by working
but by hearing; wherefore, he that will exercise himself to righteousness must
first exercise himself in hearing the Gospel. Now, when he hath heard
and received the Gospel, let him give himself to God with a joyful heart, and
afterwards let him exercise himself in those good works which are commanded in
the law” (Martin Luther—1540—on Galatians, pp. 104 and 185).

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