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Daily Luther: How to Find the Holy Spirit

May 26th, 2012
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“In order that nobody may deceive us, John says it once more against the ‘enthusiasts’ that he writes these things: ‘These things have I written unto you.’ For them the letter is a dead thing on paper. But John says: ‘I write you,’ since the writing should serve to make the Epistle a means by which one receives faith and eternal life. In the twentieth chapter of his Gospel John says: ‘These are written that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that, believing, ye might have life through His name.’ Therefore we should know that the testimony of God comes to us in no other way than through the human voice or Scripture. ‘All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.’ 2 Tim. 3:16 f. Likewise in the preceding verse of the chapter cited: ‘And that from a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.’ Again, 1 Tim. 4:13: ‘Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.’ Why does God command to read the Scriptures if written matter is a dead thing? Why do the “enthusiasts” write and publish books if the letter is powerless and useless? Why do they seek to instruct us and others by their writings? If they say that the Spirit is there before the writing, and they first had the Spirit, and then they wrote: that is no argument. For, then, Scripture would be good for nothing but for show. Hear what Christ says: ‘Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on Me through their Word,’ John 17:20. ‘Through their Word’ certainly means their word of mouth or the written word, not the ‘inner word.’ For that reason one must above all things hear and read the Word, which the Holy Ghost uses as His means. When one reads the Word, the Holy Spirit is there, and on that account it is impossible to hear or read Scripture without benefit.” (St. L. IX:1514 f.; VIII:829 ff.)

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