By faith in Jesus, we worship God in spirit and truth. To this we have been called by God; though, as we’ll see, we often prefer to worship golden calves. Thankfully, the Lord continues to relent from judgement and has mercy on us for the sake of Christ.
Yes, the Law of God in the Commandments should continually be preached and taught in Christian congregations. But, why?
“But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law;” What does this mean?
Text: Matthew 22:34-46 In our Christian Book of Concord, the Lutheran confessors write, The distinction between the Law and the Gospel is a particularly brilliant light. It serves the purpose of rightly dividing God’s Word and properly explaining and understanding the Scriptures of the holy prophets and apostles. We must guard this distinction with specialContinue reading “The Law and the 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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
Text: Fourth Commandment “Honor your father and your mother,” the Lord said on Mount Sinai,“that your days may be long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” With these words the Lord moves us into what we call the Second Table of the Commandments. If you imagine Moses coming down from theContinue reading “Honor Your Father and Your Mother”