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The Voice of the Gospel

March 19, 2019
By Martin Luther

The LORD is my shepherd.

PSALM 23:1

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The Voice of the Gospel

The voice of this Shepherd, however, with which He speaks to His sheep and calls them, is the Holy Gospel. It teaches us how we may win grace, forgiveness of sins, and eternal salvation: not by the Law of Moses, which makes us even more shy, unstable, and discouraged, though even in times past we were excessively timid, shy, and frightened; but by Christ, who is "the Shepherd and Bishop of our souls" (1 Peter 2:25). For Christ has sought us miserable, lost sheep and has brought us back from the wilderness. That is, He has redeemed us from the Law, sin, death, the power of the devil, and eternal damnation. By giving His life for us He has obtained for us grace, forgiveness of sin, comfort, help, strength, and eternal life against the devil and all misfortune. To the sheep of Christ this is a dear, sweet voice. They are sincerely glad to hear it, for they know it well and let themselves be guided by it.

From Commentary on Psalm 23 (Luther's Works 12:155)

March 19

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