I Believe in the Holy Spirit

In the Third Article, we confess that it is the work of the Holy Spirit to take the redemption that Christ won for us and bring it to us through the Word and Sacraments. The Holy Spirit is the One who enlightens, sanctifies, and keeps us in the true faith.

No Guilt in Him

Text: Is. 53 and Jn. 18-19 The Holy Spirit spoke by the prophet Isaiah about our Lord’s death and burial, “They made His grave with the wicked and with a rich man in His death, although He had done no violence and there was no deceit in His mouth.” (Is. 53:9, ESV) By this, theContinue reading “No Guilt in Him”

The Lord’s Supper

Text: 1 Corinthians 11:23-32 St. Paul wrote to the Corinthians in the Epistle text tonight:  For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body,Continue reading “The Lord’s Supper”

Serious Law and Gospel

Text: The Close of the Commandments Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is likeContinue reading “Serious Law and Gospel”

You Shall Not Covet

Text: Ninth and Tenth Commandments “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” This was King David’s fervent prayer to God, after the prophet Nathan made known to him his sin. David had taken another man’s wife to be his own and, moreover, had the man killed byContinue reading “You Shall Not Covet”

To Build Up, Not Tear Down

Text: Eighth Commandment St. Paul wrote to the Ephesians, in chapter 4, about the new life they had received in Christ. Their new life – to which they were called by Baptism and faith – was different than the life they previously lived, including how they used to relate to their neighbor. St. Paul said, Continue reading “To Build Up, Not Tear Down”

The Lord Provides

Text: Seventh Commandment Our Lord teaches us in the Sermon on the Mount about being anxious over our earthly well-being. He says, Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life moreContinue reading “The Lord Provides”

Chaste in Word and Deed

Text: Sixth Commandment The Holy Spirit teaches us in Genesis 2 that after God formed man from the dust of the earth and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, He found that it was not good for Adam to be alone. Every beast of the field had its mate – its helper –Continue reading “Chaste in Word and Deed”