August 9, 2022     3:06 pm
250. Week of Eighth Sunday after Trinity - Thursday
God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself
          God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them; and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.   2 Corinthians 5:19
          "God was in Christ"; for Christ was and is God, who became man. "And reconciled the world to Himself." God has reconciled the world to Himself through Christ. As far as God is concerned, the old relations of love that obtained before the fall are re-established. The righteous wrath of God, which had been kindled against sinful and ungodly mankind, was appeased. All punishment is done away with. God is reconciled. "Not imputing their trespasses to them." Since God is reconciled to the world, He, self-evidently, no longer imputes their trespasses to them. How could He be reconciled and still impute sin?. "And has committed to us the word of reconciliation." Through His Word, which He has committed to us, God now informs us that He was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them. And God not merely informs us of such reconciliation, but He also offers it to us, and actually presents it to us, chartered and sealed, through His Word. And now we must be reconciled to God; we must accept this reconciliation. Yes, and God most kindly invites with a loving heart and powerfully persuades us by means of His Word, and the Holy Spirit graciously operating through this Word, to accept this reconciliation. He that accepts it has it, and in time and eternity he enjoys its blessed fruits. He that rejects it remains under the wrath of God by his own fault and is lost forever.
          PRAYER: - Great God, what wondrous compassion You have bestowed upon me! Me, the sinner and Your enemy, You have reconciled to Yourself, and have not imputed my sins to me, but to Christ. And to this reconciliation You invite me through Your Word and Holy Spirit. Help me, O Lord, that I may always follow this gracious invitation, and through faith rest in Your fatherly bosom. Amen.

Second Part : Catechism Lessons
August 9, 2022     3:06 pm