Luther on Vocation 9

luther on vocationAccording to Gustaf Wingren in Luther on Vocation, Luther taught that a “Christian is both old and new man, not only in relation to God’s judgment, God’s forgiveness, but also in his encounter with vocation and neighbor.”

A Christian is  the old man “insofar as the encounter [with his neighbor] irritates him” but the “new man when the encounter takes place with inner calm and joy.”  “In this is the real meaning of the expression simul iustus et peccator (righteous and sinner at the same time).”  And the “true mortification” of this old man takes place “not in deserted places apart from the company of people, but right in the social and political order.”

In other words, in my encounter with my co-workers in my job, I am sanctified.

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