alien righteousness

Hands to Be Laid Upon the Mouth and reverence to what lies hidden – Martin Luther (A Theologian of the Cross)

Why do you not restrain yourself, and deter others from prying into these things which God wills should be hidden from us, and which He has not delivered to us in the Scriptures?  It is here the hand is to be laid upon the mouth, it is here we are to reverence what lies hidden, to adore the secret counsels of the divine Majesty, and to exclaim with Paul, “O man, who art thou that repliest against God?” (Rom. 9:20).

Taken from Martin Luther’s The Bondage of the Will, page 53.

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