July 25, 2024     12:48 pm
162. Week of Fourth Sunday after Easter - Sunday
Awake to righteousness!
          Awake to righteousness!   1 Corinthians 15:34
          "In confirmation of the resurrection, Christians were baptised standing on the graves of the dead, to indicate that they would rise again," says Dr. Luther. And St. Paul writes: "Else what shall they do who are baptised for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why are they, then, baptised for the dead?" And concerning himself and his companions he writes: "And why do we stand in jeopardy every hour? I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus, our Lord, I die daily. If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantage is it to me if the dead do not rise?" Then one might say as the worldlings do: "Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die." See how firmly the first Christians and the Apostles held to the certain hope of the resurrection of the dead! Will you be misled from the positive doctrine of Holy Writ by the mouthings of those preachers and writers who have fallen from the faith, and of their satellites, who say that there is no resurrection of the dead? Do not be deceived! Turn your ears from such talk. "Evil communications corrupt good morals," says the proverb. And such communications will destroy your faith and your life in the faith. "Awake to righteousness!" the Apostle exhorts the Christians. He calls them to awaken to the soberness of righteousness, lest they be intoxicated and misled by the arguments of carnal reason, and with singleness of heart to abide with the Word of Scripture, which teaches a resurrection of the dead in Christ, and a Christian life in the hope thereof. "Awake to righteousness, and do not sin!" cries the Apostle. And to those Christians who are infatuated with above-mentioned evil communications he says: "Some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame." Those who deny the resurrection of the dead know neither the Scriptures nor the power of the omnipotent God.
          PRAYER: - Lord God, dear Heavenly Father, bestow upon me, Your child, I beseech You, through Jesus Christ, my Saviour, the power of Your Holy Spirit, that in all things I may believe Your Word with singleness of heart, not being misled by evil communications, but firmly and gladly hoping for the resurrection of the dead in this uncertain life, and in such hope having my life here with a view to gain heaven, and lastly, when my end is at hand, sinking into Your fatherly hands, which shall keep my soul and body securely until that great Easterday. Amen

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July 25, 2024     12:48 pm