October 5, 2022     12:40 pm
222. Week of Fourth Sunday after Trinity - Thursday
Let us make man in our image
          Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over . . . all the earth.   Genesis 1:26
          Such was the counsel and deliberation of the Holy Trinity in creation. Great are the works of the Lord that we see, and most marvellous. But the foremost among the visible creatures is man. For he was made the lord of the earth; he is to have dominion over everything that is on earth; even the sun, moon, and stars are at his service. As you may read in Genesis 2, God Himself has prepared the body of man with particular love and care, has given him a rational soul, has endowed him with the greatest perfection of body and soul, and, above all, has made him in His image, in the likeness of God. This last point is seen from our text. And the image of God consisted in this that man was created in righteousness and holiness like that of God, and that he possessed the greatest knowledge possible, the knowledge of God, a knowledge of exalting and glorifying purity. (Eph. 4:24; Col. 3:10) Thus man is the foremost of the visible creatures of God. - But woe is us! How shamefully disfigured in body and soul are we through sin! The image of God has been changed in us into the image-the pen will scarce write it-into the image of the devil. But in the regenerate Christians the beginnings, the lineaments of the divine image, though faintly and imperfectly, reappear. In eternal life the image of God shall be restored in us fully, in heavenly perfection. "I will behold Your face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with Your likeness."   (Ps. 17:15)
          PRAYER: - Lord, my God, You have highly exalted me and I have fallen very low. And You bent down to me in Jesus Christ, my Saviour, and drew me again to You, and You will draw me into heaven, into supreme exaltation and perfection. Praise and glory be to You my God! Finish Your work in me, and leave me not, O faithful Lord! Amen.

Second Part : Catechism Lessons
October 5, 2022     12:40 pm