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His Mighty Deeds Save

September 05, 2018
By Martin Luther

From the heavens You uttered judgment; the earth feared and was still.

PSALM 76:8


His Mighty Deeds Save

Thou Nast made Thy judgment to be heard from heaven, that is, the judgment (namely, the Gospel) by which He shows that all are carnal and that whatever is of the flesh is damnable. For through His own resurrection Christ conquered death, flesh, and every corruption. And taking on new life, He condemned the old, and thus He rose for judgment. Thus Romans 1:18 says: "The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness." For thus the prince of this world has been judged (John 16:11), and "now is the judgment of the world" (John 12:31). Therefore now follows: The earth trembled and was still. For they were stung, and they ceased to be wise after the flesh, and the tumult of the flesh was still, as Acts 2:37 reports: "Brethren, what shall we do?" Thus Isaiah 1:16 says: "Cease to act perversely." Through such a judgment, then, He saved all the meek of the earth but condemned the proud. Nevertheless, He did not cause this judgment to be heard for the purpose of condemning them, but of saving them. However, since they refused to be meek, they perished.

From First Lectures on the Psalms, on Psalm 76 (Luther's Works 11:4)

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