August 15, 2022     6:43 am
228. Week of Fifth Sunday after Trinity - Wednesday
This is the true God.
          This is the true God.   1 John 5:20
          Who is this Jesus Christ of whom we speak? Scripture says: "This is the true God." It says that He is "over all, God blessed forever. Amen." (Rom. 9:5) It says that He is "The Lord, our Righteousness." (Jer. 23:6) Therefore Thomas said to the Risen One: "My Lord and my God." (John 20:28) Scripture says that He is the only-begotten Son of the Father, the second person of the Holy Trinity. The Father says to Him: "You are my Son; this day have I begotten You." (Ps. 2:7) He Himself testifies and says: "God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son." (John 3:16) The Holy Spirit says: "God spared not His own Son." (Rom. 8:32) Jesus Christ is the "Word" which was in the beginning and was with God and was God, and through whom all things were made. (John 1:1-3) He is the Omnipotent, the Omniscient, the Omnipresent. (Matt. 28:18; John 21:17; Matt. 28:20) "He upholds all things by the word of His power." (Hebr. 1:3) He forgives sins, He will execute Judgment. (Matt. 9:6; John 5:27) "Let all the angels of God worship Him." (Hebr. 1:6) "All men should honour the Son even as they honour the Father." (John 5:23) - Here is the parting of the ways. Whosoever does not believe the clear doctrine of Scripture that Jesus Christ is the true God begotten of the Father from eternity, cannot believe in Him. This is wonderful and miraculous beyond everything: God has become man, Jesus Christ. Flesh and blood will not accept this. How do we get such faith? How may we retain such faith? We must see the glory of Jesus Christ, see it again and again, the glory of the only-begotten Son of the Father, full of grace and truth - in Holy Scripture. Through it the Holy Spirit works faith.
          PRAYER: - Lord Jesus, true God and man, Son of the Father and Mary's Son, grant me Your Holy Spirit to the end that I may behold Your glory in Your Word, even as Your disciples beheld it with enlightened eyes, and that I may believe in You, as Your disciples believed in You, in order that I may belong to the blessed company of those who obtain eternal life through faith in You. Amen.

Second Part : Catechism Lessons
August 15, 2022     6:43 am