Wright Gets his Luther On

Found this interesting quote in N.T. Wright’s Romans commentary:

Paul’s whole thought is characterized by the free grace of God, and any suggestion that humans, whether Jewish or Gentile, might somehow put God in their debt, might perhaps earn their good standing within God’s people, would be anathema to him.

Of course, that is not all that N.T. Wright says about salvation, works, and assurance, but sure does not sound like works-righteousness to me.

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  • Peter

    ‘Faith without works is dead’ This is St Paul’s position. Works perhaps then keep our faith alive in us though they earn us no credit before God, nor cement our standing in the Christian community. Works are then our lubrication for faith; our compass for keeping to the right path. If so then works are done for our own sakes as much as for the repercussions upon others. ‘The good works God has given us to do’ means maybe our privilege is to be an agency of God’s; doing his works to his credit and to our gratitude for the opportunity. To expect favour from God, for say having done good works, means that God loves you more than others who ar enot Christians or not doing so much or such big good works, which maybe is why St Paul saw the belief in credit before God as anathema/best/Peter

  • Dave k

    I don’t think any roman catholic would disagree, which goes to show that Luther’s analysis went deeper.

  • Phil

    Is this the commentary in the NIB series, or his Paul For Everyone series?