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The Speaker and the Word

July 04, 2019
By Martin Luther

And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.

GENESIS 1:3

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The Speaker and the Word

For the first time Moses mentions the means and the instrument God used in doing His work, namely, the Word. . .. God is, so to speak, the Speaker who creates; nevertheless, He does not make use of matter, but He makes heaven and earth out of nothing solely by the Word which He utters. Now compare with this the Gospel of John (1:1): "In the beginning was the Word." He is in proper agreement with Moses. He says: "Before the creation of the world there was not a single one of the creatures, but God nevertheless had the Word." What is this Word, or what did He do? Listen to Moses. The light, he says, was not yet in existence; but out of its state of being nothing the darkness was turned into that most outstanding creature, light. Through what? Through the Word. Therefore in the beginning and before every creature there is the Word, and it is such a powerful Word that it makes all things out of nothing. From this follows without possibility of contradiction what John expressly adds: "This Word is God and yet is a Person distinct from God the Father, just as a word and he who utters a word are separate entities." . . . These are difficult matters, and it is unsafe to go beyond the limit to which the Holy Spirit leads us. . .. This, therefore, is sufficient for the confirmation of our faith: that Christ is true God, who is with the Father from eternity, before the world was made, and that through Him, who is the wisdom and the Word of the Father, the Father made everything.

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