Luther: “He who would correctly and profitably read Scripture should see to it that he finds Christ in it; then he finds life eternal without fail. On the other hand, if I do not so study and understand Moses and the prophets as to find that Christ came from heaven for the sake of my salvation, became man, suffered, died, was buried, rose, and ascended into heaven so that through him I enjoy reconciliation with God, forgiveness of all my sins, grace, righteousness, and life eternal, then my reading in Scripture is of no help whatsoever to my salvation. I may, of course, become a learned man by reading and studying Scripture and preach what I have acquired; yet all this would do me no good whatever.”
- Simple faith and trust in the existence of God and Jesus is ALL that is necessary for Survival, Salvation …. all that really is meaningful in our lives. Studying scripture focuses us on the knowledge of the Lord’s requirements and His Creativity and life story.
- Jerry, I appreciate your word "trust," because trust is different from mere faith in the existence of God. As you know, the demons believe and tremble. They definitely believe in the existence of God. Trust takes things a step further. If I trust that a certain restaurant has great food, I'll eat a meal there. If I trust that Jesus is the only Savior, I'll trust him for that salvation. Trust is life changing. We're going to obey the One we trust. So true is this that James says, "You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone." Using your words, we have salvation when we have knowledge, when we have faith (ascent that God & his story is true), and then when we trust. If there is no life change, then there obviously isn't any trust.