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date: 20 October 2019

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Luther's distinction of the hidden and revealed God (Deus absconditus, Deus revelatus) permeates his theology. God revealed is ultimately the justifying God who recreates sinners through his word of forgiveness. 'God unpreached' remains a threat to sinners, judging them through their experience of violating his law. Reason knows much of God but cannot identify him accurately. His self-revelation in Jesus Christ is necessary to know him as the justifying God he is. Luther repeated the Catholic tradition's definition of the Trinity, emphasizing God's giving of all good things, especially through the Holy Spirit's operation with his Word.

Keywords: God revealed, God hidden, God preached, God unpreached, Trinity, justification

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