Martin Luther’s Seal
The first thing expressed in the seal is a black cross within the heart, to put one in mind that faith in Christ crucified saves us. “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness.”
Although the cross is black, mortified, and intended to cause pain, 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.
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. Moreover, this rose 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 revealed.
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………… Martin Luther.
Note: Martin Luther, while a professor at Wittenberg, devised this seal which he declared was meant to be ‘expressive of his theology’. This explanation is the gist of a letter written to his friend, Herr Spengler, town clerk of Nuremberg.