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The Hearing of Faith

October 02, 2018
By Martin Luther

Let me hear what God the LORD will speak, for He will speak peace to His people, to His saints.

PSALM 85:8

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The Hearing of Faith

The Word of God is perceived only by hearing. It is the nature of the Word to be heard. . . . Therefore, for the Lord Himself to speak is to give out and manifest His Word, but as something to be heard. Thus God the Father has spoken to us, that is, He has shown us the Son, His Word, in the hearing of faith. And this is the Gospel of God which He had promised before through the prophets, one of whom is here saying, "I will hear what He will speak." And this speaking, this showing of the Word, this proclamation of the Gospel He accomplished by the ministry of the apostles and their successors, for in them He has spoken to the whole world.

From First Lectures on the Psalms, on Psalm 85 (Luther's Works 11:160)  

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