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God's Holy Dwelling Place

August 21, 2018
By Martin Luther

 

Awesome is God from His sanctuary; the God of Israel—He is the one who gives power and strength to His people.

PSALM 68:35

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God's Holy Dwelling Place

Everyone, therefore, really ought to stand in awe of [God's saints] and honor them, since they form God's holy dwelling place. For the word "saints" refers to a holy place and dwelling here. The holy Christians make up the holy dwelling place of God in the New Testament, where God is no longer confined to cities and buildings as He was in the Old Testament. These Christians are sanctified far more perfectly than Solomon's temple, sanctified with the Holy Spirit Himself, and anointed with the living oil of God's grace. Whoever touches them also touches the apple of God's eye (Zechariah 2:8). This assurance is given us to console and fortify us in the days of persecution. Whatever persecution is visited on us, whom they despise, is really inflicted on God who will deal terribly with them. The appellation "the God of Israel" signifies that our God is none other than the one whom the Israelites once had. It is Christ, whom the Israelites once possessed and of whom we now also say: He who does these things is no longer only Israel's God but the God of the whole world.

From Commentary on Psalm 68, where the comments follow the Latin translation, which reads: "God is wonderful in His saints: the God of Israel is He who will give power and strength to His people." (Luther's Works 13:36-37)

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