Monday, December 10, 2012

Created by the Promise

"The church was born by the word of promise through faith, and by the same word is nourished and preserved. That is to say, it is the promise of God that makes the church and not the church that makes the promise of God. For the Word of God is incomparably superior to the church, and in this Word the church, being a Creature, has nothing to decree, ordain, or make, but only to be decreed, ordained and made. For who begets his own parent?"

    - Martin Luther,

Quoted in Matt Chandler, Creature of the Word: The Jesus Centered Church, page 15