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God Alone Should Speak

July 30, 2018
By Martin Luther

God has spoken in His sanctuary.

PSALM 60:6 (RSV)

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God Alone Should Speak

But those who believe and whom the Holy Spirit touches through the Word know and receive the Holy Spirit, even though this is not at all apparent to the world. Therefore it is a different word and a far different government from that of a man. Beyond question it is the Word of God that speaks through us and through which He is powerful in the Church. He does all things with the Word alone, illumines, buoys up, and saves; for it is a Word of promise, grace, eternal life, and salvation. Concerning efficacy of the Word the world knows nothing. Yet just as in the Gospel Christ casts out demons by means of the Word so the minister says to the sinner: "I absolve you from your sins." And this is the way it happens. For it is not the word of a man, at whose voice the devil would by no means flee. . . . But when the minister pronounces absolution, liberation from the devil and from sin is sure to follow. If the Holy Spirit grants you grace to believe, there He driver out Satan and death with one word. . . . We want to hear God alone [in the Church], as is stated in Psalm 60:6: "God has spoken in His sanctuary"; that is, in this assembly of the called and the baptized God alone should hear and speak. But where God is not heard, from that place you should flee as far as you can.

From Lectures on Genesis (Luther's Works 8:271)

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