6896. Just as the Holy Spirit is stout-hearted, and scorns death and all danger, so too are true Christians, in whom the Holy Spirit resides, brave and resolute. For a Christian is defiant and proclaims: “If God does not want me alive, then I will die; if he does not want me rich, then I will be poor.” But the Devil’s Spirit deceives and makes one depressed. That is why God speaks defiantly to the snakes and Pharisees, the hypocrites, as he said in Deuteronomy 28:63: He will rise up and bring ruin and destruction. (p. 388)
In this week’s installment from Off the Record with Martin Luther, Luther highlights the courage of the believer and its source:
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