October 21, 2020
17. Third Week in Advent - Tuesday
You are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus
          You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptised into Christ have put on Christ.   Galations 3:26-27
          Faith is the only means through which Christ and His salvation becomes our own, and through which we thus become the children of God in time and eternity. Therefore the Holy Spirit says to the believing Christians: "You are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus." Such is the strength of faith, but not because it is a noble virtue, and a beautiful and good work on the part of the Christians; no, such is the strength of faith, because it is merely the acceptance of what God gives. First comes God and gives us Christ and His salvation, and then we accept Christ and His salvation, that is, we believe. And as through the Word, so also through Baptism, God gives us Christ and His salvation. Word and Baptism belong together. Through Baptism God has steeped us into Christ and His salvation, so that the floods of grace and salvation surround us. Through Baptism God has clothed us sinners with Christ as with the garment of salvation and the robe of righteousness. And now we must willingly allow the love of God to do so, and say: Amen O God; thanks, thanks be to You, my God! That is faith. Through such faith Christ and His salvation actually become our own, Christ and His salvation given us in Baptism. Through Baptism Christ has come to you also, O Christian, with His salvation. Now consider your Baptism with the eyes of faith, and the things which God has given to you there, and say: "I am a child of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for I have been baptised and have put on Christ." With such words of faith you will surely prevail in time and eternity.
          PRAYER: - Lord Jesus, You are the flood of grace and salvation into which I have been steeped in Baptism. You are the garment of salvation and the robe of righteousness with which I have been clad in Baptism. This I believe, Lord Jesus. Keep me in such faith! Grant that against all the horrors of sin and of death and of hell I plead my baptism. For don't I know that God will never retract what He so solemnly has certified to me? No, my God, You will most certainly not withdraw what in Baptism You have given to me. Amen.

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October 21, 2020