Monthly Archives: December 2006

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I have been chillin with “The Lutheran” magaizine this week.  The image given is Luther’s seal (excluding the ELCE and A.D text). 

Here’s what it stands for.

Cross
   First, there should be a black cross set in a heart, which should keep its
   natural colour. This will remind me that faith in the Crucified saves us.
   Because: “If you believe in your heart, you will be justified.”
   Even though it is a black cross, which kills us and causes pain,
   yet it allows the heart to remain its natural colour; it does not destroy
   the heart’s nature, that is, it does not kill the heart, but keeps it alive.
   Because “The just will live by faith” – but faith in the Crucified.


Heart    Now, although the cross is black,
   mortified, and intended to cause pain,
   yet it does not tend to change the
   colour of the heart, does not destroy
   nature, i.e., does not kill, but keeps alive.
   “For the just shall live by faith,”
   – by faith in the saviour.


Rose    But this heart is fixed upon the center
   of a white rose, to show that faith
   causes joy, consolation and peace.
   The rose is white, not red, because
   white is the ideal colour of all angels
   and blessed spirits.


Sky Blue    The rose, moreover, is fixed on a
   sky-coloured ground, to denote that
   such joy of faith in the spirit is but an
   earnest yearning and beginning of
   heavenly joy to come, as anticipated
   and held by hope, though not yet
   revealed.


Gold Ring    And around this groundbase is a
   golden ring, to signify that such bliss in
   heaven is endless, and more precious
   than all joys and treasures, since gold
   is the best and most treasured metal.
   Christ, our dear Lord, He will give us
   grace unto eternal life.


Luther's Seal

           Put them all together,
           the complete seal.

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The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If you worship me, it will all be yours.”

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.'” (Luke 4:5–8)

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