August 15, 2022     7:54 am
216. Week of Third Sunday after Trinity - Friday
How did sin enter the world?
          He that commits sin is of the devil; for the devil sins from the beginning.   1 John 3:8
          How did sin enter the world? This is a question which human reason cannot answer. Our Catechism is right in answering from the Word of God: "By the devil, who first departed from God, and by man, who of his own free will allowed himself to be misled by Satan into sin." So the very first originator of sin is the devil. "The devil sins from the beginning," that is to say, he was the first one to sin; with him sin originated., How it came about that a great many of the angels whom God created good fell into sin we know nothing of, nor can we comprehend it. God has not revealed it to us in Scripture. He only says that it was done, and Satan, the prince of the fallen angels, has seduced the first man, and the first man of his own free will allowed himself to be misled. So it came about that also "by one man sin entered into the world," into the world where man dwells. (Rom. 5:12) But, as stated above, the devil is the originator of sin. And he that commits sin is of the devil; he is not of God, he is of the devil, begotten of the devil, is the devil's child, like the devil, of the same nature as the devil. This is a hard saying. But it is true, fully true. So says St. John, "the Apostle of love," inspired by the Holy Spirit. Our dear and loving Saviour said the same thing to the unbelieving Jews: "You are of your father, the devil." (John 8:44) Since the fall of Adam all men, by nature, are of the devil. There is no difference. Awful! But thanks be to God: "for this purpose the Son of God was manifested that He might destroy the works of the devil." (1 John 3:8) You know this. Through faith in the Son of God you poor sinner are a child of God, His beloved child, to whom God forgives all sins, and whom God purifies more and more by His Holy Spirit, and finally, in eternal life, will make like Himself, perfectly holy, without sin.
          PRAYER: - My Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Son of God, strong and merciful Helper I thank You that You have made me, a child of the devil, a child of God, and from direst bondage. Have exalted me into the most blessed liberty, from deepest degradation to highest honours. Help, O help me, that through faith I may retain this grace and precious gift of Yours, and thus obtain eternal salvation. Amen.

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August 15, 2022     7:54 am