Dr. Luther wrote shortly before his death, "According to the human birth Christ was also given the eternal dominion of God, yet temporarily and not from eternity. For the human nature of Christ was not from eternity as His divine nature was. From the moment when deity and humanity were united in one Person, the Man, Mary's Son, is and is called almighty, eternal God, who has eternal dominion, who has created all things and preserves them 'through the communication of attributes' ... , because He is one Person with the Godhead and is also very God. Christ refers to this in Matthew 11:27: 'All things have been delivered to Me by My Father,' and in Matthew 28:18: 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.' To which 'Me'? 'To Me, Jesus of Nazareth, Mary's incarnate Son. I had this from My Father from eternity, before I became man, but when I became man, it was imparted to Me in time according to My human nature, and I kept it concealed until My resurrection and ascent into heaven, when it was to be manifested and glorified.'" [LW 15:293-94] Christ promised that He, the man who has spoken with them, who has experienced all tribulations in His received human nature, and who can therefore have sympathy with us. He will be with us in all our troubles according to the nature by which He is our brother and we are flesh of His flesh. (paragraphs 85, 87)
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