Hope is interested in the holy cross

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Martin Luther on Jude 20-21 observes:

With these few words he comprehends the whole Christian life. Faith is laid as the foundation upon which we should build. But building means “to grow from day to day in the knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ,” which takes place through the Holy Ghost. When we are thus built up, we should do nothing by which to merit anything and be saved; but we do all for the purpose of serving our neighbor. We are to be on our guard here, that we abide in love and not fall from it as the fools who advocate special works and a peculiar life, and thus draw the people from love.
This is the hope that is interested in the holy cross. Therefore, our life should be so ordered that it be nothing more than a constant longing and waiting for the future life, yet so, that such waiting be centered in the mercy of Christ. We must call upon him with the conviction that he helps us from this into the next life because of pure mercy and not because of our own work and merit.
 
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