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By One Indivisible Essence

May 02, 2019
By Martin Luther

By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and by the breath of His mouth all their host.

PSALM 33:6

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By One Indivisible Essence

There was no material at hand, no wood or stone; there was absolutely nothing available with which the world was created. It was solely the Word, through whom it was made. . .. This is how David read and understood Moses when he wrote in Psalm 33:6: "By the Word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all their host by the Breath of His mouth." He says that the heavens and all that is in and on it are "made." My dear man, made out of what? Out of nothing. By what? By God's Word and the Breath of His mouth. Does not David's speech here coincide with that of Moses? . . . But if the heaven with all that is therein came into being and was made by God's Speech, or Word, then the earth with all that is therein indubitably also came into being and was made by the same Word. Now, the Word is not the heaven nor the earth, nor anything that is in them, nor anything that is made together with these by the Word. Therefore it must be God Himself, and, at the same time, a Person apart from the Speaker, who makes all things through the Word, united in one indivisible essence of divine power, might, and effect. But if we have the Word, it is easy to discover the third Person in David's speech: 'All their host by the Breath of His mouth."

From On the Last Words of David (Luther's Works 15:301)

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