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August 10, 2020
11. Second Week in Advent - Wednesday
He that believes and is baptised shall be saved
          He that believes and is baptised shall be saved; but he that does not believe shall be damned.   Mark 16:16
          Christ will come to judge the living and the dead. Do we know exactly how and according to what rule He will pass sentence? Yes, indeed. He will not pass sentence upon us according to the law of Moses, not according to our works. If He did that, we should be lost. How, then, will He rule? According to faith and unbelief. Did you see His Word at the head of this lesson? If you, a poor, miserable, sinful being, accept in faith the things which Christ gives you in His Word and seals to you in Baptism: the salvation which He has earned, and which consists in the forgiveness of sins, in life, and salvation; then you shall be saved. If, on the other hand, you, a poor, miserable, sinful being, in unbelief reject the things which Christ gives you in His Word: the salvation which He has earned, and which consists in the forgiveness of sins, in life, and salvation, then you shall be damned. That is the great law, the law of mercy, according to which judgment shall be pronounced. Not according to the law of Moses, He will not judge us according to our works. And yet, He will make His ruling according to our works too. But only in so far as by works He will publicly establish faith or unbelief. He that believes begins to serve Him with His deeds; he that does not believe does not serve Him with a single deed. Thus by works He will establish faith or unbelief. But that which turns the scales of judgment is faith or unbelief alone.- What a blessing that even now we know exactly according to what rule we shall be judged! There is no doubt nor uncertainty here.
          PRAYER: - Lord Jesus, I, a poor sinner, believe in You. My soul longs, yes, even faints for Your salvation. I rely upon Your Word. O everlasting Father, You will not enter into judgment with Your child; You O Good Shepherd will not damn Your poor sheep. Do not look upon my sins: You have atoned for them. Look only upon that new thing which Your Spirit has created within me. You will surely do this, O Faithful One. And so with joy and confidence I will approach the Day of Judgment. I shall not be damned. I shall be saved. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 10, 2020