I’m in a reading group that just finished discussing Luther’s Two Kinds of Righteousness. Friends, you have got to read this brief tract based on one of Luther’s sermons from 1519. It’s from the early days of the Reformation, two years after the 95 Theses and two years before the showdown with the emperor at the Diet of Worms. This is Luther at his very best.
Setting aside polemics, despite the tumultuous controversies of the time–this was also the year of the Leipzig disputation with Johann Eck over indulgences and the authority of the pope–this work is pure pastoral care. It is one of the clearest, most penetrating, most profound, and most beautiful expositions of the Gospel–with stunning applications of Scripture–that I have ever come across.