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Luther on God’s kindness to all.

February 15, 2008

Accordingly, from that place at which God declared Himself to be present, where Adam dwelt like a high priest and like the lord of the earth, Cain went out and came to another place. Here there was no face of God and no visible sign by which he could comfort himself that God was with him and was favorably inclined toward him–apart from those signs that are common to all beings, even to the wild beasts, namely, the enjoyment of sun, moon, day, night, water, air, etc. But these are not signs of His changeless grace; they are blessings or signs of His kindness toward all creatures.

Martin Luther, “Lectures on Genesis,: in Luther’s Works, 1:309.

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