The Lord comforted Elijah with His Word and then sent him back out to do what the Lord called him to do in the first place. The Lord also calls us, His Church, to proclaim His Word in the world, even as He comforts us through the same voice of His Word and Sacraments.
Forgiving others is a hard thing to do, especially when we have been greatly hurt by the sins others have committed against us. And yet, God does not hold our sins against us. Instead, He freely forgives us for the sake of Christ.
Micah knew that the Lord does not retain His anger forever, but will again have compassion on His people. From him we learn that the Lord will, indeed, have compassion on His people on the Final Day, even as He pardons and forgives us now in Christ.
In the Second Petition of the Lord’s Prayer, “Thy Kingdom Come,” we ask that the Lord would grant us His Holy Spirit so that we would believe the Word that is proclaimed to us, and so enter into His blessed feast. Today we give thanks that the Lord has brought us in from the alleys and highways of sin, and we ask that He would continue to grant us His Spirit so that we listen when He calls.
Text: Genesis 15:1-6 If you could put bright blinking lights into the text of Scripture or somehow change the letters in our Bibles from black to neon yellow, so as to get our attention, our text today would be a wonderful candidate for such treatment. The passage we have today from Genesis is one ofContinue reading “Faith Counted for Righteousness”
This confounded Nicodemus at first, but in the end he knew it to be true. Those who enter the kingdom of God are not those who work for it. We are brought into the kingdom by the work of the Holy Spirit through the Word.
The Spirit comforts us with the promise that through Christ’s death and resurrection, we are truly forgiven. The result is that we have the peace which the world cannot give. We have an eternal peace with God the Father through the resurrection of His Son.
We teach, according to the holy and true Word of God, that people cannot be saved based upon our own good works, or anything that is within us. Instead, we are saved freely and purely by God’s grace through faith in Christ, which itself is a work of the Holy Spirit. In other words, our salvation is based entirely upon God’s actions alone.
Risen from the dead, our salvation is complete in Christ. That work is done. What isn’t done, however, is the spread of the Gospel to all the world.
When we are brought to repentance through the knowledge of our sins, when we are aware of what punishment deservedly awaits us, Jesus bids us look to Him and live.