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The Tree of Life

January 05, 2019
By Martin Luther

He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither.

PSALM 1:3

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The Tree of Life

Leaves are words. It is clear, however, in which way these words of Christ have not withered, since they are written most splendidly in the Gospels and in the hearts of the faithful. The words which He speaks are life and spirit (John 6:63). Therefore they are worthy to be written not on stones and in dead books but in living hearts. Therefore does not [wither] says less and means more: Heaven and earth will pass away, but His words will not pass away (Matthew 24:35). He is therefore the "tree of life" (Revelation 22:2), firmly "planted in the house of the Lord" (cf. Psalm 92:13), producing His fruit in its season, the first-fruits of all the trees that imitate Him in these. . .. Perfect as the man is who makes no mistakes in a single leaf (cf. James 3:2), more perfect is certainly he whose leaves are blooming and plentiful, but most perfect is he whose leaf does not fall off, who is worthy to have his thoughts and sayings deserve eternal remembrance and authority.

From First Lectures on the Psalms, on Psalm 1 (Luther's Works 10:22)

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