March 4, 2021     8:55 am
239. Week of Seventh Sunday after Trinity - Sunday
You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood
          You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people, that you should show forth the praises of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvellous light.   1 Peter 2:9
          Here on earth there is a generation, a people that is gathered from among all nations. It is God's chosen generation. All its members are spiritual kings and priests, who rule over devil, world, and flesh, and offer themselves a sacrifice to God. It is a holy nation, because it has the righteousness of God, and serves God with holy works. It is a peculiar people, a people purchased by God to be His own forever. It shows forth and proclaims by word and deed the excellencies of God, and spreads abroad the glory of His name. This is the generation, the people, which God has called, which by His almighty call of grace He has called out of the darkness of sin and unbelief into His marvellous light, the light of His grace which is in Christ Jesus, the light of faith in Christ Jesus. This generation, this people, is the whole Christian Church on earth, the true Christian Church, which the Holy Spirit continually calls by the Gospel, gathers, enlightens, sanctifies, and keeps with Jesus Christ in the one true faith. This is the one Holy Christian Church on earth, the communion of saints, the communion of those who are sanctified through faith in Christ. This is the generation, the people, which makes a joyful noise, and is glad, and sings: "Know that the Lord He is God: it is He that has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture." (Ps. 100:3) This generation, this people, is born through grace alone, and lives by, of, and to grace alone. It can tell and sing of nothing but grace. And what wondrous grace has been bestowed upon this people! What a blessed people this is! And you, O Christian, belong to this people!
          PRAYER: - Thanks be to You, Heavenly Father and eternal God, that by Your precious Holy Spirit You have also called me to Christ, my Saviour, and have made me a partaker of His salvation in faith, so that I belong to that chosen generation which is Your holy nation and peculiar people in time and eternity. I pray You, Lord, to graciously bestow upon me the gifts of Your Spirit, that before all the world I may show forth the praises of You who so graciously has called me out of darkness into Your marvellous light. Amen.

Second Part : Catechism Lessons
March 4, 2021     8:55 am