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The Temporal and the Spiritual

April 02, 2019
By Martin Luther

One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life.

PSALM 27:4

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The Temporal and the Spiritual

Here we are taught not to seek many things, but rather "one thing is needful." Martha was concerned about many things; she believed that temporal, not spiritual things should be sought (Luke 10:41-42). For temporal things divide a man into many things, while spiritual things draw the divided man together into one, as the apostle says, 1 Corinthians 6:17: "He who is united with the Lord is one spirit," that is, he is spiritual, he is one and not temporal.

From First Lectures on the Psalms, on Psalm 27 (Luther's Works 10:127)

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