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Our Great Comfort

February 24th, 2007
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Martin Luther, commenting on 2 Kings 6:16: "Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them."

It is a great comfort for all Christians to learn from these and other passages of Holy Scripture that they are not forsaken in the cross which they encounter in various forms throughout their lives. For they have the dear angels with them as protectors and guards. Furthermore, God is always present with His gifts, although one angel would really suffice to cope with all the enemies. Thus the Syrians did not dare touch Elisha, nor did they raid the land of Israel any more; for they thought to themselves: “Who wants to fight against such warriors?” How much we could accomplish if we had such allies against the Turks today! All this is recorded to convince us that God and His dear angels are round about us. Wherever faith prevails and the divine Word is treasured, there we find such radiance shining into our hearts that I have a clear vision of God as my Father, of the open heaven, of the angels about me, and of the help that is mine. Such a precious possession is ours in God’s Word and in the Christian faith. [AE 22:211]

Martin Luther, vol. 22, Luther’s Works, Vol. 22  : Sermons on the Gospel of St. John: Chapters 1-4, ed. Jaroslav Jan Pelikan, Hilton C. Oswald and Helmut T. Lehmann, Luther’s Works, 22:208 (Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1999, c1957).

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