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What Luther Says about the Shining Light of Christ

“I am saying this that we may know what the Light, Christ Himself, who is the Creator, has experienced from the beginning of the world. He illumined, quickened, gave His promise, and conferred much good on the world with creation and with His light; yet the world refuses to accept it. But although the evil and blind world does not desire the precious light, yes, cannot endure it, persecutes and blasphemes it, it shines nonetheless, by the special grace of the true, eternal Light, for the sake of the little flock which is to be illumined by it. Despite the ingratitude and the contempt in which it is held by the great godless multitude, this light does not go out.” (LW 22:36)


Quotation from Luther’s Works is from the American Edition, vol. 22 © 1957 by Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved.

Written by

Mason Vieth

Mason Vieth is a recent graduate of Concordia University Chicago and is currently a first-year student at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He interned in the professional and academic editorial department at Concordia Publishing House in the summer of 2017. Some of the projects he worked on include Who Was Martin Luther?, CPH’s Academic Blog, as well as other academic and professional resources.

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