Luther Quote of the Day

For the remission of sins and the whole treasure of divine mercy cannot be more excellently painted or described than that the church should be called the bride of Christ, since it follows from this picture that the bride has everything that is Christ’s. What, then, does Christ have? Indeed, eternal righteousness, wisdom, power, truth, life, joy, grace. The church, therefore, is mistress and queen of mercy, life, salvation, and all things. Therefore, the things they used to sing about the blessed Virgin Mary in the churches might more correctly be sung about the church, and should be. The church reigns over death, sin, hell, the devil, and over all the terrors and evils in demons and in men, not by her own strength or merits, but by her Bridegroom, Christ. He has placed all these loveliest ornaments about her neck and has trampled death under foot for her, has given her life, and by His blood has freed her from all dangers. So she has all these things from her Bridegroom and rightly says to heretics: “Mine is the wisdom”; to the Gentiles: “Mine is the righteousness”; to the Jews: “Mine is worship and piety”; to death: “Mine is life”; to sin: “Mine is the remission of sins”; to the Law: “Mine is liberty”; to fears: “Mine is peace and joy, not by myself or my own strength, but through Jesus Christ, my Bridegroom.” This is a most beautiful transformation, that the church, miserable in the eyes of men, should be so richly adorned in the eyes of God.

Psalm 45

Lecture by Dr. Martin Luther
on Psalm 45
Begun in 1532

Luther’s works, vol. 12:
Selected Psalms
p 261


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