By Johann Spangenberg
Confronting death--as God's judgment on sin and as God's doorway to everlasting life--and suffering as a "Christian Knight" opposed to the satan, the area, and human wishes: those themes gave Johann Spangenberg, an in depth good friend and dedicated adherent of Martin Luther, the root for some of the most renowned items of devotional literature within the early years of the German Reformation. during this pamphlet released within the early 1540s, readers come across an software designed to domesticate the piety of the Wittenberg Reformation one of the universal humans, a piety that ready for demise (and hence for day-by-day life!) via day-by-day repentance, casting away sin, casting oneself upon Jesus Christ and his dying and resurrection, after which sharing his love with the neighbor. utilizing a wealth of biblical illustrations and ideas, Spangenberg's short treatise teaches his readers the best way to use Scripture and the way to dwell enlivened through its message. comprises the German textual content and English Translation of Ein new Trost Bu[e]chlin fur die Krancken vnd/Vom Christlichen Ritter by means of Johannes Spangenberg (1484-1550).
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Sie sind alle dahin / Durch todes krafft vnd pein. Adam ist gestorben / dem mu[e]ssen all seine kin- [A6r] der volgen. Auch das kind eines tages / oder einer stunde / Jst gleich im selbigen Bunde. Summa / sie mu[e]ssen alle in todes pein / So viel jr in der welt geboren sein. Das ist furwar ein arme elende sache? Freilich elend. Darumb sage auch jener Philosophus / Das es gut were / der mensch wu[e]rde nicht geboren / oder stu[e]rbe so balde nach der geburt Der mensch ist freilich am besten dran / der bald ans ende seins lebens ko[e]mpt / der ist von vielen sorgen / mu[e]he vnd arbeit / erlo[e]st.
Most honorable lord, particularly dear friend and patron, since God the Almighty is visiting his poor little flock of Christians not only with the fatherly rod of war and hard times, plague and other unheard-of diseases, but also with the furious rage of the Turk, it is necessary that we outfit ourselves for every occasion with God’s Word against the terrifying billows and storm winds and find comfort in his Word, and if God wills, die willingly and gladly. Although every Christian knows from the writings of beloved Saint Paul that whether he lives or dies, he is the Lord’s [Rom.
He did not claim the title“emperor,” but his nephew, Augustus, did, introducing the imperial form of government to Rome. 24 Priam was a figure in Greek mythology, king of Troy, father of one hundred children, including Hector and Paris. 25 Achilles was a figure in Greek mythology, who killed Hector but was killed by Paris when he learned that Achilles was vulnerable only in his heal. Johann Spangenberg 52 Was ist des menschen leben? Nichts anders / denn ein teglicher kampff vnd Ritterschafft hie auff erden / Job 7.