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True Man and True God

February 14, 2019
By Martin Luther

You have given Him dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under His feet.

PSALM 8:6

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True Man and True God

In this verse David describes Christ as true man and yet at the same time true God and Lord over all creatures. For the [Hebrew] word [translated as "Thou wilt make Him Lord"] . . . really means to make lord the way a man is made a lord. . .. [David] says, "Thou wilt make Him Lord over the works of Thy hands" and "Thou hast put all things under His feet." Thereby he testifies that Christ, true man, is also at the same time true God. For God does not make anyone Lord over the works of His hands nor put all things under anyone's feet unless He is His equal, that is, unless He is God. God alone is Lord over the works of His hands and has all things under His feet. Since this Man Christ, who was forsaken of God for a little time, is to be made Lord over God's works—heaven, angels, sun, moon, earth, men, air, water, and everything that is in heaven, on earth, and in the water—it follows that He is true God.

From Commentary on Psalm 8 (Luther's Works 12:130-31)

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