Martin Luther on the Role of Humility in BIble Study

The Friday feature of the Worldly Saints blog is all about quotes. No commentary from me, no reflection, etc. Just a provocative or informative quote from a saint in church history.

“The Holy Scriptures require a humble reader who shows reverence and fear toward the Word of God and constantly says, ‘Teach me, teach me, teach me!’ The Spirit resists the proud. Though they study diligently and preach Christ purely for a time, nevertheless, God excludes them from the church if they’re proud. Wherefore every proud person is a heretic, if not actually, then potentially. However, it is difficult for a man who has excellent gifts not to be arrogant. Those whom God adorns with great gifts He plunges into the most severe trials in order that they may learn that they’re nothing. … Pride drove the angel out of heaven and spoils many preachers. According it’s humility that’s needed in the study of sacred literature.”

– Martin Luther

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