Theological Fragments: Christ alone

“Luther’s…underlying argument [in The Bondage of the Will] works like this: If Christ’s death and resurrection are the sole sufficient cause for justification, there can be no capacity in the human heart or will which could accomplish this. To put it in Jesus’ own words, ‘whoever commits sins is a slave of sin,’ John 8.34. This first premise and the required conclusion then became the basis for a closely observed description of how appetite functions to bind the desirer to the object of its desires.”

–James A Nestingen, “Introduction: Luther and Erasmus on the Bondage of the Will,” in Gerhard Forde’s The Captivation of the Will: Luther vs Erasmus on Freedom and Bondage, 17

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