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Led by the Word Alone

December 22, 2018
By Martin Luther

Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

PSALM 119:105

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Led by the Word Alone

A wonderful statement! Why not a lamp to my eyes and a light for seeing? Can the feet be lighted or the paths see? But the nature of faith for this life is expressed. For eyes must be taken captive to the obedience of Christ and be led by the Word alone, which is perceived by the ears and is not seen with the eyes. For we believe the invisible but not the inaudible. Therefore the Word does not enlighten the eyes, but neither the ears. Yet it is a lamp, because it guides the feet and the heart, and faith does not require understanding. Not understanding, but willing, not knowing but doing, what is heard is the right thing. And you will not go astray if you believe and go, even though you do not see. Only walk securely in what you have heard, because His Word will be a lamp to your feet and a light for your paths. Nothing is required except that you do what you do not know, perform what you do not understand, go where you do not know [the way], following the leading of the Word, and become foolish, dismissing your own thought. . .. Faith leads it where it will be saved, and it does so through the hearing of the Word. The heart, hearing the Word, begins to walk after it, not knowing where. Therefore the Word of God, which gives light to the feet and the paths, is wonderful.

From First Lectures on the Psalms, on Psalm 119 (Luther's Works 11:485)

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