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