Proper Reading of the Scriptures

To (Jesus] all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through His name.
ACTS 10:43
Proper Reading of the Scriptures
Therefore, whoever wants to read the Scriptures correctly and with profit, let him make sure that he finds Christ in them. Then he will certainly find eternal life. On the other hand, if I do not study and learn in the writings of Moses and the Prophets that for the sake of my salvation Christ descended from heaven, became man, suffered, died, was buried, rose again, and ascended to heaven, in order that through Him I might have reconciliation with God, forgiveness of all my sins, grace, righteousness, and eternal life, then my reading of Scripture will not help me for salvation one bit. From reading and studying Scripture I can, to be sure, become a learned fellow, able to preach about it. But all that will not help me at all, for if I do not know or find Christ, then I will not find salvation and eternal life either. Instead, I will find bitter death, for our dear God has decreed that there is no other name given to human beings by which they can be saved, except in the name of Jesus (Acts 4:12).

From Sermon on the Glorious Passage from John 5 (Luther's Works 58:249-50)
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