MARTIN LUTHERíS SEAL
The first thing expressed in my seal is a cross, black,
within the heart; to put me in mind that faith in Christ crucified saves
us. "For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness."
Now, although the cross is black, mortified, and intended to
cause pain, yet it does not change the color of the heart, does not destroy
nature -- i.e., does not kill, but keeps alive. "For the just shall live by
faith," -- by faith in the Savior.
But this heart is fixed upon the center of a white rose, to show that faith
causes joy, consolation and peace. The rose is white, not red, because white
is the ideal color of all angels and blessed spirits.
This rose, moreover, is fixed in a sky-colored ground, to
denote that such joy of faith in the spirit is but an earnest and beginning
of heavenly joy to come, as anticipated and held by hope, though not yet
And around this ground base is a golden ring, to signify that
such bliss in heaven is endless, and more precious than all joys and
treasures, since gold is the best and most precious metal. Christ, our dear
Lord, He will give grace unto eternal life. Amen.
autem Domini nostri Manet in
The Word of the
Lord Endures Forever is the motto of the Lutheran Reformation, a
confident expression of the enduring power and authority of Godís Word. The
motto is based on Isaiah 40:6-8 quoted by 1 Peter 1:24-25. It first appeared
in the court of Frederick the Wise in 1522. He had it sewn onto the right
sleeve of the courtís official clothing, which was worn by prince and
servant alike. It was used by Frederickís successors, his brother John the
Steadfast, and his nephew John Frederick the Magnanimous. It became the
official motto of the Smalcaldic League and was used on flags, banners,
swords, and uniforms as a symbol of the unity of the Lutheran laity who
struggled to defend their beliefs, communities, families and lives against
those who were intent on destroying them.*
The Lutheran Confession© 2005, 2006 by Concordia Publishing House,
www.cph.org Used with
permission. All rights reserved.
The Martin Luther Medallion Mission Project
The Seal of
Martin Luther and the Reformation Cross originated to spread the true word
of our triune God. In this spirit we are presenting the Martin Luther
Medallion Project. The Medallions currently available in the following
and 19mm diameter sizes; and three metals 14 karat gold, sterling silver and bronze. Each
medallion will be accompanied by a printed explanation as shown above.
We are now
offering the medallion in the 25mm size as a Bible marker as shown below in
Sterling silver. This marker has 10 ribbons in the colors of Martin Luther's
seal, which is handy for use in your Study Bible. See Medallion Store page.
The Martin Luther
Medallion was created by Kitti and Lars Persson of Saturn Gems in Cadillac
Michigan under the zealous urging of one eager to share these beautiful
images and their message.