Luther's Table Talk; Or, Some Choice Fragments from the Familiar Discourse of That Godly Man

Luther's Table Talk; Or, Some Choice Fragments from the Familiar Discourse of That Godly Man

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1832 edition. Excerpt: ...word, as most surely it is, then let us make no doubt thereof. He will not lie; therefore let us keep close to God's word, and not dispute how Father, Son, and Holy Ghost can be but one God. For we, as poor wretches, cannot know how it cometh that we laugh; or how, with our eyes, we can see a high mountain ten miles off; or how it cometh when we sleep, that in body we are dead, and yet we live. This small knowledge we cannot attain unto; no, not although we took to help the advice and art of all the wise in the world; we are not able to know these least things which concern ourselves, and yet, like foolish devils, we will clamber up with our poor wit and wisdom, and presume to fasten and comprehend what God is in His incomprehensible majesty." Luther's meaning is this, that we must beware of conceiving of the Three Persons in the unity of the Godhead, as we should of three distinct created beings; a remark deserving of deep and serious consideration. When we speak of three men, three angels, or three windows, we may declare, from real knowledge and experience, that they are essentially distinct, and that the three, except in a very restrained sense, cannot possibly be one. Our faculties are so fully capable of judging upon this subject, that it becomes, in a manner, a question of arithmetic. But when we come to speak about God, our Creator, whose glory (as the Scripture speaks) is above the heavens, it is mere folly, with our most imperfect, infantine conceptions of the mode of our Creator's existence, to judge of Him as one would of one's fellow-creatures; and to say it is impossible that the Three Divine Persons should be One God. It is a subject (as Luther hints above) beyond the reach of the arithmetician's calculation; one that he...show more

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  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 172g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236612698
  • 9781236612694