Crumbs
October 21, 2020
253. Week of Ninth Sunday after Trinity - Sunday
What is meant by believing?
          I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed to Him against that day.   2 Timothy 1:12
          We have heard so much about believing. What is meant by believing?- In order to believe in God through Christ Jesus, our Lord, it is necessary, first, to have a knowledge of the Gospel. One must be able to say: "I know whom I have believed." For "how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard" (Rom. 10:14) And then one must accept the Gospel as true. He that imagines the Gospel to be a lie naturally cannot believe. "He that believes not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him." (John 3:36) But, Christian, the devils surely have knowledge of the Gospel, and they also hold it to be true and still they do not, in the true sense of the word believe. "The devils also believe, and tremble." (James 2:19) Therefore the third and foremost, the most essential part of faith is confidence, trusting with firm confidence in that God whom the blessed Gospel has taught us to know. If you can say: "I know in whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed to Him against that day"; if you can say: I know God from the Gospel; I know His grace which is in Christ Jesus, my Lord; I know what by grace, through Christ, He has committed to me, and am persuaded that through it He shall on that great day save me, a poor sinner,- then you truly believe. May God give you such faith and keep you in such faith by grace, through His Word and the Holy Spirit!
          PRAYER: - I thank You, O Lord, that through Your Word You have plainly revealed Your divine majesty and Your gracious will toward me, a sinner, as well as what Your great mercy has prompted You to do toward my salvation and that of the whole world. Enlighten me, I pray You, with Your Holy Spirit, that I may firmly trust in Your bountiful grace, relying and depending upon it in life and death; through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, my only Saviour. Amen.

Second Part : Catechism Lessons
October 21, 2020