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A Protected Priesthood

November 18, 2018
By Martin Luther

The LORD has sworn and will not change His mind, "You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek."

PSALM 110:4

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A Protected Priesthood

We are to be sure and certain that this Christ, born, according to the Scriptures, of the lineage of David, is truly the King and Priest promised in the Scriptures. We alone, who believe in Him, have the true faith, worship, and priesthood. We are the true Church, or people of God. No other faith or religion or worship is valid before God than that which belongs to Christ and His Church. In addition, though we may be persecuted and damned on account of this priestly office and faith, and both the devil and the world rage and storm against it and seek to suppress it, we are to have the comfort that He who said this, and took an oath on it, will protect this priesthood and preserve it so that the gates of hell (Matthew 16:18) will not overcome it.

From Commentary on Psalm 110 (Luther's Works 13:307-8)

November 18

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