The Apostle Peter and Martin Luther

 

When I read I Peter 1:18-25, it seemed to me that Martin Luther may have had his Bible open to Peter’s first letter as he wrote the meaning to the Second Article of the Creed for his Catechism

I.

Peter: Knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ like a lamb without blemish or spot.

Luther: Jesus is my Lord, who has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won [delivered] me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death

II.

Peter: He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for your sake, who through him you are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

Luther: I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the Virgin Lord, is my Lord…That I may be his own and live under him in His Kingdom.

III.

Peter: Having Purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable through living and abiding word of God.

Luther: and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as He is risen from the dead, lives and reign to all eternity.

IV.

Peter: All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass.  The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.  And this word is the good news that was preached to you.

Luther: This is most certainly true.

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