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A Most Trustworthy Gospel

January 14, 2019
By Martin Luther

You shall break them with a rod of iron.



A Most Trustworthy Gospel

[The] rod of iron is the holy Gospel, which is Christ's royal scepter in His church and kingdom. . .. It is called a "rod" because it directs, convicts, reproves, and upholds, etc. . . . [It is called a rod "of iron" because] it is inflexible and of an invincible straightness. For the Gospel could not be twisted into evil by any heretics or corrupters, though many have tried in vain to do so. But its straightness remains, iron, true, and unconquered. It is not a reedy rod or stick . . . something that could be swayed by the wind of any opinion whatever (cf. Ephesians 4:14) or that could be shattered when pressing down on something (cf. Isaiah 36:6). Rather, it is trustworthy and made of iron, so that whoever relies on it will be guided to salvation without fail. Therefore it is itself not moved by any violent twists. On the contrary all of us, who are frail and swayed by inconstant errors, will pour ourselves into it as into steadfast iron. Thus the most excellent praise of the Gospel is gathered up in this short word, and its power is strong and unconquered against all its corrupters.

From First Lectures on the Psalms, on Psalm 2 (Luther's Works 10:35-36)

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