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The Old and the New

April 30, 2019
By Martin Luther

 

Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.

PSALM 33:3

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The Old and the New

Only a new man can sing a new song. But the new man is a man of grace, a spiritual and inner man before God. The old man, however, is the man of sin, the carnal and outer man before the world. The newness is grace, the oldness, sin. Therefore the devil is called the "old serpent" (Revelation 12:9), and Christ "a new thing which the Lord created on the earth" (Jeremiah 31:22), through whom God the Father made all things new, according to Revelation 21:5. It is clear, then, that this "new song" is so called not because of time, but because of the new holy thing, for Scripture is holy, and it speaks of the holy.

From First Lectures on the Psalms, on Psalm 33 (Luther's Works 10:154)

April 30

 

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