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Suitable Blessings

June 27, 2020
By Martin Luther

This is what their father said to them as he blessed them, blessing each with the blessing suitable to him.

GENESIS 49:28

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Suitable Blessings

If [these prophecies] are compared with the New Testament, we have a prophecy that is far clearer. For the fulfillment is far greater and clearer, except that we do not pay attention to or trouble ourselves about that ineffable majesty and infinite abundance of the Holy Spirit who has been given to us, "which," as Paul says in Titus 3:6, "He poured out upon us richly." For this reason the prophets and the whole Bible should be read with the greatest diligence; and I indeed, whenever I make a comparison of these things, am angry with myself and am ashamed of my life and full of regrets, because after Christ has been revealed, we have such a cold attitude toward our gifts and believe the Word so weakly, whereas the fathers believed with such great steadfastness and lived in faith in the promises. In this way they overcame great dangers and difficulties. . .. Therefore Peter says: "We have the prophetic Word made more sure. You will do well to pay attention to this" (2 Peter 1:19) . . .. We have Baptism, liberation from death and from sin; for the Son of God says: "God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16). In this manner we should compare our glory and wealth with the revelations made to the fathers, so that we, aroused by the greatness of this light, may embrace and retain the Gospel with exceedingly joyful hearts.

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