5017. Holy Scripture demands a humble reader, who trembling show reverence to God’s Word, who constantly pleads, “Teach me, teach me!” The arrogant oppose the spirit. And even though some may study diligently, and unerringly preach Christ for a time–as soon as they become proud God closes the church to them. Wherefore every proud person becomes a heretic, if not actually, then for all practical purposes. It is difficult for a person who has excellent gifts not to become arrogant. Those upon whom God bestows great gifts, He plagues with great torments, to teach them that they are nothing … Pride drove the angel [the devil] from heaven; that is why we need humility in the study of Holy Scripture (p. 362)
In this week’s installment from Off the Record with Martin Luther, Luther explains how we should approach Scripture:
DISCLAIMER: The views reflected in this quote do not necessarily reflect those of the author of this blog. This quote is shared in the interest of edification, education, and/or humor.