Taught by God


"Flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven."
MATTHEW 16:17
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Taught by God
God is hidden in the flesh, so that no man can recognize Him unless he has been enlightened by God's spiritual grace. Hence blessed Peter, who had been thus converted and said, "You are Christ, the Son of the living God," heard Him say: "Blessed are you, Simon, Bar-Jona. Flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven" (Matthew 16:16-17). And in John 6:45 we read: "They shall all be taught by God": and in Matthew 11:25: "Thou hast revealed these things to the little ones and hidden them from the wise and prudent.”. . . Therefore no one can be converted to God unless he has first been converted to Christ, as He says (John 14:6): No one comes to the Father, but by Me." Consequently the prophet, who sees that many, indeed almost all, of his people could go astray, be offended, and be turned away from Christ, prays that they might be converted. And that happens through the knowledge of Christ or God incarnate.

From First Lectures on the Psalms (Luther's Works 11:156-57)

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