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The Church Militant

November 06, 2018
By Martin Luther

O LORD, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom have You made them all; the earth is full of Your creatures.

PSALM 104:24

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The Church Militant

These can be understood as referring to the visible works, but they should not be so understood absolutely, except in respect to the invisible things, which he makes clear because according to the works of creation not only the earth but also heaven is filled with the possession of Christ, yes, also hell, for all things are His, made by Him. But the Church Militant, about which the psalmist is speaking, is only on earth, because it rules in the midst of enemies (Psalm 110:2). And of this possession and inheritance of Him all the earth is full, namely, the Church spread throughout the world. And these are the works that are great and done in wisdom, because the Church has been built by the Word of the Gospel, which is the Word of the wisdom and power of God, as is also the visible world, made by the Word and wisdom of God from the beginning.

From First Lectures on the Psalms, on Psalm 104 (Luther's Works 11:341)

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