“One thing, and only one thing, is necessary for the Christian life, righteousness, and freedom. That one thing is the most holy Word of God, the gospel of Christ, as Christ says, John 11:25, ‘I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live’ and John 8:36, ‘So if the Son makes you free you will be free indeed’; and Matthew 4:4, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone but every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ Let us then consider it certain and firmly established that the soul can do without anything except the Word of God and that where the Word of God is missing there is no help at all for the soul. If it has the Word of God it is rich and lacks nothing since it is the Word of life, thrust light, peace, righteousness, salvation, joy, liberty, wisdom, power, grace, glory, and of every incalculable blessing.”
If the Word of God brings life, righteousness, and freedom, why then do so many describe the Bible as a book that binds and condemns? How has God’s Word been misrepresented by the culture, those opposed to the faith, and even the church so that it is not understood the way Luther describes it?