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From Martin Luther’s Sermon for The Conversion of Paul, preached at home, the Third Sunday after the Epiphany, 1534, text, selections for Acts chapter 7 and 9

Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. (vs. 6)

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“Although he speaks with Paul directly from heaven above, God does not intend to put away the pastoral office or establish something extraordinary for him. Indeed, he might have spoken to him directly and revealed what he wanted him to do, but instead he directs him to go to the parish pastor in the city where he would hear and learn what he was supposed to do. Our Lord God does not purpose some special thing for each individual person, but gives to the whole world—one person like the next—his baptism and gospel. Through these means we are to learn how to be saved, and have no need to wait for God to reveal some new thing from heaven, or send angel.  For it is his will that we go to hear the Gospel preached by the pastor;  there we will find him, and in no other way.” (emphasis added)

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