TO FREDERICK MYCONIUS IN GOTHA
This letter acted like the dew of the morning on his friend. May 3, 1525.
Grace and peace in Christ, who has said, “In the world ye shall have tribulation; but in me ye shall have peace. Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” I write this to you, dear Frederick, as one stranger to another, because I would gladly share with you all the consolation I enjoy in Christ.
So, seeing that Christ has overcome the world, then all which is done, except by Him, is mere
outward show; and the victory is His alone, and His will be the glory, when the world with all its pomp has passed away. No one who believes in Christ can really doubt this. I pray Him to counsel you with His Spirit, and strengthen you and yours by His Almighty power. Persevere, dear Frederick, in the Lord. Greet and admonish my Basil in the Lord.
MARTIN LUTHER .