6.8.09

Luther's Faith in the One, Holy Church (5)

In contrast to all the learned speculation about the church, Luther set this simple sentence: "A child of seven knows what the church is, namely holy believers and the little flock which hears the voice of its shepherd." ...the church is the holy Christian people in which Christ works, rules and lives. This people of God, Christendom as Luther called it, is the work of God created by his will, in which every day great wonders happen, like the forgiveness of sins, the defeat of death, the bestowing of righteousness and eternal life - things seen only by faith.

From a talk given in Erlangen, Germany, 8th August 1943.

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