Reflections for the season of Trinity for 2010.
Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.” (Psalms 25:4-5)
“He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20)
“And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there.” (Revelation 21:23-25)
“The commandments…are summed up in this one rule: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”; “I urge…that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone.” (Romans 13:9; I Timothy 2:1 from Table of Duties: To Everyone)
“But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness.” (I Thessalonians 5:4-5)
“’For the wolf and the lamb shall graze together; the lion shall eat straw like the ox, and dust shall be the serpent’s food. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain,’ says the LORD.” (Isaiah 65:25)
“They all became drowsy and slept.” (Matthew 25:5)
“Indeed you have made my days as handbreadths, and my age is as nothing before You; certainly every man at his best state is but vapor.” (Psalm 39:5)
“And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away.” (Matthew 27:59-60)
“When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, ‘Truly this was the Son of God!’” (Matthew 27:54)
“She who is truly a widow, left all alone, has set her hope on God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day, but she who is self-indulgent is dead even while she lives.” (I Timothy 5:5-6 from the Table of Duties:To Widows)
“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)
“I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him.” (Daniel 7:13)
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats”. (Matthew 25:31-32)
Behold, God is my helper; The Lord is with those who uphold my life. (Psalm 54:4 from the Introit for the Second-Last Sunday)
For as the lightning that flashes out of one part under heaven shines to the other part under heaven, so also Son of Man will be in his day. But first He must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. (Luke 17:24-25)
Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? No one! (Job 14:4)
Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time. (1 Peter 5:5-6; Table of Duties; To Youth)
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 4:14)
So the LORD relented from the harm which He said He would do to His people. (Exodus 32:14)
“For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.” (Matthew 24:24)
Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the Lord. (Psalm 31:24, from the Introit for the Third-Last Sunday)
He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6)
[W]hat does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)
And you, masters, do the same things to them, giving up threatening, knowing that your own Master also is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him. (Ephesians 6:9; The Table of Duties; To Employers and Supervisors)
Then Peter came up to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” (Matthew 18:21-22)
Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matthew 5:11-12)
Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free…Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” (John 8:31-32, 36)
“The Lord redeems the soul of His servants, And none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned” (Psalm 34:22 – From the Introit for Reformation)
“The LORD your God Himself crosses over before you; He will destroy these nations from before you” (Deuteronomy 31:3).
“You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you” (St. John 15:16).
“Be obedient...not with eye-service, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart” (The Table of Duties: Workers, the Small Catechism)
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).
“Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good” (Genesis 1:31)
“This again is the second sign Jesus did when He had come out of Judea into Galilee” (St. John 4:54).
Therefore I judge that we should not trouble those from among the Gentiles who are turning to God. (Acts 15:19)
So they took him and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. (St. Matthew 21:39)
See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:15-16)
“Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise. (Table of Duties: To Children - Ephesians 6:2)
Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And let your soul delight itself in abundance. (Isaiah 55:2)
Say to them, “The kingdom of God has come near to you." (Luke 10:9)
The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son. (Matthew 22:2)
We have thought, O God, on Your lovingkindness, In the midst of Your temple. (Psalm 48:9 from the Introit for Trinity 20)
You shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the LORD your God is testing you to know whether you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. (Deuteronomy 13:3).
Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered, saying, "Teacher, we want to see a sign from You."(Matthew 12:38)
And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4; the Table of Duties: To Parents)
...put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.(Ephesians 4:24)
Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. (Genesis 28:12)
Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men. (Matthew 9:8)
Telling to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, And His strength and His wonderful works that He has done . (Psalm 78:4 form the Introit for Trinity 19)
But thus you shall deal with them: you shall destroy their altars, and break down their sacred pillars, and cut down their wooden images, and burn their carved images with fire. (Deuteronomy 7:5)
He said to them, "Make room, for the girl is not dead, but sleeping." And they ridiculed Him. (Matthew 9:24)
Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. (Ephesians 5:22)
To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 1:2-3).
And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the LORD and His statutes which I command you today for your good. (Deuteronomy 10:12-13)
"On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets." (Matthew 22:40)
I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go into the house of the LORD."
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:34)
Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them.(Colossians 3:19; the Table of Duties: To Husbands)
Jesus said, " Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 18:10)
I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called,with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, (Ephesians 4:1-2)
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold In settings of silver. (Proverbs 25:11)
Then He answered them, saying, "Which of you, having a donkey or an ox that has fallen into a pit, will not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day?" (Luke 14:5)
Deal with Your servant according to Your mercy, And teach me Your statutes. (Psalm 119:124 from the Introit for Trinity 17)
Nevertheless in Your great mercy You did not utterly consume them nor forsake them; For You are God, gracious and merciful. (Nehemiah 9:31)
Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. (Ephesians 3:13)
And Jesus said to them, "Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." (Matthew 22:21; the Table of Duties: Of Citizens)
And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, "Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?"When Jesus heard that, He said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. (Matthew 9:11-12)
So she said to Elijah, "What have I to do with you, O man of God? Have you come to me to bring my sin to remembrance, and to kill my son?"(1 Kings 17:18)
When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, "Do not weep." (Luke 7:13)
For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You. (Psalm 86:5 from the Introit for Trinity 16)
Then they burned the house of God, broke down the wall of Jerusalem, burned all its palaces with fire, and destroyed all its precious possessions. (2 Chronicles 36:19)
Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2)
Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. (Romans 13:1 from the Table of Duties: Of Civil Government)
"Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.(John 12:24)
"For thus says the LORD God of Israel: 'The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the LORD sends rain on the earth.' " (1 Kings 17:14)
" Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? (Matthew 6:25)
Bow down Your ear, O LORD, hear me; For I am poor and needy.
Then they broke down the sacred pillar of Baal, and tore down the temple of Baal and made it a refuse dump to this day.Thus Jehu destroyed Baal from Israel. (2 Kings 10:27-28)
And Elisha prayed, and said, "LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see." Then the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (2 Kings 6:17)
And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you,and to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. Be at peace among yourselves (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13; the Table of Duties, What Hearers Owe Their Pastors).
For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. (Galatians 5:17-18).
But the path of the just is like the shining sun, That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day. (Proverbs 4:18)
And He said to him, "Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well." Luke 17: 19
How lovely is Your tabernacle, O LORD of hosts!My soul longs, yes, even faints For the courts of the LORD; My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. (Psalm 84:1-2 from the Introit for Trinity 14)
"Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him." (1 Kings 19:18)
And this I say, that the law, which was four hundred and thirty years later, cannot annul the covenant that was confirmed before by God in Christ, that it should make the promise of no effect. (Galatians 3:17)
[A bishop must...] hold fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict. (Titus 1:9 from the Table of Duties: To Bishops, Pastors, and Preachers)
Then the men who were designated by name rose up and took the captives, and from the spoil they clothed all who were naked among them, dressed them and gave them sandals, gave them food and drink, and anointed them; and they let all the feeble ones ride on donkeys. So they brought them to their brethren at Jericho, the city of palm trees. Then they returned to Samaria. (2 Chronicles 28:15)
Then [Jesus] turned to His disciples and said privately, "Blessed are the eyes which see the things you see; for I tell you that many prophets and kings have desired to see what you see, and have not seen it, and to hear what you hear, and have not heard it." (Luke 10:23-24
But when Herod heard, he said, "This is John, whom I beheaded; he has been raised from the dead!" (Mark 6:16)
Remember Your congregation, which You have purchased of old, The tribe of Your inheritance, which You have redeemed -- This Mount Zion where You have dwelt.(Psalm 74:2 from the Introit for Trinity 13)
How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? (Romans 10:14)
Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God (2 Corinthians 3:5)
Who receives this sacrament worthily?
Now there was also a dispute among them, as to which of them should be considered the greatest. (Luke 22:24)
The humble also shall increase their joy in the LORD, And the poor among men shall rejoice In the Holy One of Israel. (Isaiah 29:19)
And He took him aside from the multitude, and put His fingers in his ears, and He spat and touched his tongue. (Mark 7:33)
Make haste, O God, to deliver me! Make haste to help me, O LORD! (Psalm 70:1 from the Introit for Trinity 12)
And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, (Ephesians 2:1)
After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. (1 Corinthians 15:6)
How can bodily eating and drinking do such great things? Certainly not just eating and drinking do these things, but the words written here: "Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins." These words, along with the bodily eating and drinking, are the main thing in the Sacrament. Whoever believes these words has exactly what they say: "forgiveness of sins." (Small Catechism, the Sacrament of the Altar)
Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the LORD respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell. (Genesis 4:4-5)
"The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. (Luke 18:11)
Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! (Luke 1:42)
Let God arise, Let His enemies be scattered; Let those also who hate Him flee before Him. (Psalm 68:1 from the Introit for Trinity 11)
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. (Romans 10:4)
Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, burn incense to Baal, and walk after other gods whom you do not know,"and then come and stand before Me in this house which is called by My name, and say, 'We are delivered to do all these abominations'? (Jeremiah 7:9-1)
What is the benefit of this eating and drinking?
Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12:3)
Why has this people slidden back, Jerusalem, in a perpetual backsliding? They hold fast to deceit, they refuse to return.
"For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side, and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation." (Luke 19:43-44)
Cast your burden on the LORD, And He shall sustain you; (Psalm 55:22 from the Introit for Trinity 10)
So when they had appointed him a day, many came to him at his lodging, to whom he explained and solemnly testified of the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus from both the Law of Moses and the Prophets, from morning till evening. (Acts 28:23)
But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat, and fastened on his hand.So when the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, "No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he has escaped the sea, yet justice does not allow to live." But he shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm. (Acts 28:3-5)
Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: "Take, eat; this is My body, which is given for you. This do in
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful; With a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless;With the pure You will show Yourself pure; And with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd. (2 Samuel 22:26-27)
"No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon." (Luke 16:13)
Save me, O God, by Your name, And vindicate me by Your strength. (Psalm 54:1 from the Introit for Trinity 9)
“Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.” (Acts 20:28)
For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. (Romans 8:13)
What is the Sacrament of the Altar? It is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under the bread and wine, instituted by Christ Himself for us Christians to eat and to drink. (Small Catechism, the Sacrament of the Altar)
Thus says the LORD of hosts: "Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you. They make you worthless; They speak a vision of their own heart, Not from the mouth of the LORD. (Jeremiah 23:16)
Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves."You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? (Matthew 7:15-16)
Now about that time Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church.Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword. (Acts 12:1-2)
We have thought, O God, on Your lovingkindness, In the midst of Your temple. (Psalm 48:9, from the Introit for Trinity 8)
So the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed. (Acts 19:20)
Jesus said to her, "Mary!" She turned and said to Him, "Rabboni!" (which is to say, Teacher). (John 20:16)
What do you believe according to these words? I believe that when the called ministers of Christ deal with us by His divine command, in particular when they exclude openly unrepentant sinners from the Christian congregation and absolve those who repent of their sins and want to do better, this is just as valid and certain ,even in heaven, as if Christ our dear Lord dealt with us Himself. (Small Catechism, The Office of the Keys)
What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. (Romans 6:21-22)
And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat;"but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die." (Genesis 2:16-17)
I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. (Mark 8:2)
All you peoples, clap your hands! Shout to God with the sound of joyful triumph! (Psalm 47:1)
“Have I therefore become your enemy by telling you the truth? (Galatians 4:16)
“Therefore, the Law has become our tutor to Christ, that we may be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.” (Galatians 3:24-25)
“It is the special authority which Christ has given to His church on earth to forgive the sins of repentant sinners, but to withhold forgiveness from the unrepentant as long as they do not repent.” (The Office of the Keys)
“Are we to continue in sin that grace might increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? (Romans 6:1-2)
“Then God spoke all these words, saying, “'I am Yahweh, your God, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slaves.'” (Exodus 20:1-2)
“For I say to you, that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:20)
“ Save Your people, and bless Your inheritance” (Psalm 28:9a)
“Then Barak said to her (Deborah), “If you will go with me, then I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go.” (Judges 4:8)
“But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you...” (1 Peter 3:15)
“Before God we should plead guilty of all sins...but before the pastor we should confess only those sins which we know and feel in our hearts.” (Small Catechism: Confession)
"But we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block, and to Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are the called...Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” (1Corinthians 1:23-24)
“And after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of a gentle blowing” (1 Kings 19:12)
“Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but at Your word I will let down the nets”. (Luke 5:5)
“Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice! Have mercy also upon me, and answer me. You have been my help, do not leave me nor forsake me, O God of my salvation.” (Psalm 27:7, 9)
“And Mary rising up went in those days with haste to the hilly country to a town in Judah and she entered into the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.” (St. Luke 1:39-40)
"For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing to the glory that is to be revealed to us. For creation waits with eager expectation for the revealing of the sons of God."
“What is confession? Confession has two parts, first that we confess our sins and second that we receive absolution, that is forgiveness, not doubting but firmly believing that by it our sins are forgiven before God in heaven.” (The Small Catechism)
“And Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.’”
“When Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, ‘It may be that Joseph will hold a grudge against us and certainly pay us back for all for all the evil that we did to him.” (Genesis 50:15)
“Be merciful, as your heavenly Father is merciful. Judge not and you will not be judged; condemn not and you will not be condemned; forgive and you will be forgiven.” (St. Luke 6:36-37)
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1)
But the father said to His servants, “Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet.” (St. Luke 15:22)
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare His ways, to give knowledge of salvation to His people in the forgiveness of their sins. (St. Luke 1:76-77)
What does such baptizing with water indicate? It indicates that the Old Adam in us should by daily contrition and repentance be drowned and die with all sins and evil desires, and that a new man should daily emerge and arise to live before God in righteousness and purity forever.(Small Catechism, Baptism)
But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. (1 Timothy 1:16)
Who is a God like You, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in steadfast love. (Micah 7:18)
And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” (St. Luke 15:2)
Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. (Psalm 25:16, Introit for Trinity 3)
And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. (John 17:3)
Little children, let us not love in word or speech but in deed and truth. (1 John 3:18).
How can water do such great things? Answer: Certainly not just water, but the Word of God in and with the water does these things, along with the faith which trusts this Word of God in the water. For without God’s Word the water is plain water and no Baptism. But with the Word of God it is a Baptism, that is, a life-giving water, rich in grace, and a washing of the new birth in the Holy Spirit…. (Small Catechism, Baptism)
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone…. (Ephesians 2:19-20).
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight (Proverbs 9:10)
And the master said to the servant, “Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled. (Luke 14:23).
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. (Psalm 18:2 - Introit for the 2nd Sunday after Trinity)
When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose, for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. (Acts 11:23-24).
“For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the LORD, but he who fails to find me injures himself; all who hate me love death.” (Proverbs 8:35-36).
What benefits does Baptism give? Answer: It works forgiveness of sins, rescues from death and the devil, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe this, as the words and promises of God declare (Small Catechism).
We love because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19)
“[Abram] believed the Lord, and He counted it to him as righteousness.” (Genesis 15:6)
“If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.” (Luke 16:31)
How long, O Lord, Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? (Psalm 13:1)
Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher; all is vanity. (Ecclesiastes 12:1-14)
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. (John 10:27-28)
What is Baptism? Baptism is not just plain water, but it is the water included in God’s command and combined with God’s Word. (Small Catechism, Baptism)
“Oh the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! (Romans 11:33).
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!” (Isaiah 6:3)
No one has ascended into heaven except He who descended from heaven, the Son of Man (John 3:13).
“O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your Name in all the earth!” (Psalm 8:1)
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)
“For behold, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat.” (Joel 3:1-2)
“I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him….” (Small Catechism, Third Article)
“And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Acts 2:21)
“Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.” (Genesis 11:7)