August 9, 2022     2:27 pm
240. Week of Seventh Sunday after Trinity - Monday
You stiff-necked, you always resist the Holy Spirit.
          You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit.   Acts 7:51
          When through the Word and Spirit of God one has come out of darkness into light, and so belongs to God's chosen people, this is in no respect and in no manner due to one's merits or conduct, but only and solely to God's pure grace. We now ask: Is God willing to do all this with every one who hears the Gospel? Yes; most assuredly! "As I live, says the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live." (Ezek. 33:11) "God will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth." (1 Tim. 2:4) "The Lord is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." (2 Pet. 3:9) Why, then, are most men not converted? Because they obstinately resist the Word and Spirit of God, because they refuse to be converted. Jesus said: "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you that kill the prophets, and stone them that are sent to you, how often would I have gathered your children together, even as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, and you would not!" (Matt. 23:37) And Stephen, being full of the Holy Spirit, said to the Chief Council of the Jews: "You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit." In fact, whosoever does not come to God's people, and therefore is lost, is lost solely by his own fault. And so many are lost who are called Christians and are hearing the Word of God! But for the fact that you belong to God's people through faith, you must thank the gracious God alone.
          PRAYER: - Merciful God, who am I that through faith in Christ You have made me a member of Your people which You will save? It is not because I desired it, but because it was Your gracious will that I should be Your own. It is due not to my choosing, but to Your choosing, O Fount of Grace! Continue to give me Your grace; complete Your work within me; keep me in the noble order of those who are Your own, and take me to the mansions of eternal bliss! Amen.

Second Part : Catechism Lessons
August 9, 2022     2:27 pm