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Daily Devotion


The Wisdom of God

October 17, 2018
By Martin Luther

How great are Your works, O LORD! Your thoughts are very deep!

PSALM 92:5


The Wisdom of God

Who would know that those who are humiliated, afflicted, rejected, and killed visibly, are at the same time exceedingly exalted, consoled, taken up, and made inwardly alive, unless he were taught by the Spirit through faith? And who would think that those who are visibly exalted, honored, strengthened, and made alive, are in the same degree wretchedly cast down, despised, weakened, and killed inwardly, unless the wisdom of the Spirit taught him? Thus it pleased God through the foolishness of the cross (1 Corinthians 1:21) to save the believers and by the wisdom of salvation to condemn the unbelieving. This is because by such wisdom they did not know God in the wisdom of God, for they could come out of such wisdom into the wisdom of God and thus know God. For as the things which the flesh savors for itself are good, so the things which the spirit savors for itself are much better. Of which they ought to have acknowledged these as a figure and a thing signified, and because they were unwilling, they are now compelled under their opposite to acknowledge God in the wisdom of God.

From First Lectures on the Psalms, on Psalm 92 (Luther's Works 11:231)

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