August 15, 2022     8:43 am
256. Week of Ninth Sunday after Trinity - Wednesday
The just shall live by faith
          The just shall live by faith.   Romans 1:17
          Man is justified before God and saved, not through any work, action, or conduct, but alone through faith in Jesus Christ. This is what our text teaches. This article of justification and salvation through faith is the chief article, the very heart of Christian doctrine. This is the only saving faith. This, therefore, is the faith of all the children of God, both before and after Christ's incarnation. This is what Adam believed, and Abraham, and David, and many thousands. This robber on the cross believed, and Peter, and Luther, and many thousands. This is the doctrine of the Prophets and of the Apostles. By this article of faith the Christian Church distinguishes itself from all false religions. By this faith all true Christians distinguish themselves from false Christians. If you would be a Christian and be righteous in the sight of God, and obtain eternal salvation you must hold fast to this article. If, as a Christian, you would be a useful member of God's kingdom, you must do your utmost to have this article retained and preached in the Church in all its purity. As your eye cannot bear to harbour a grain of dust, just so impossible must it be for you to allow this article to be darkened, obscured, attacked, or injured in the slightest degree. By this article alone all true glory is given to God. By this article alone true and enduring comfort is afforded poor sinners who long for salvation. It is awful how furiously Satan rages against this article through his servants, the false teachers. It is awful how people; both young and old (pity on them!) are led away from this faith. Hold fast, hold fast to this blessed truth that you are justified before God, and will be saved, not through any work, action, or conduct of yours, but solely through faith in Jesus Christ. "The just shall live by faith."
          PRAYER: - Lord, this is Your word of grace for all sinners from the beginning until the end of the world: "The just shall live by faith." This I will wrap about me, as it were; I will hold fast to it; I will die trusting in it, yes, and appear before Your judgment-seat and obtain life everlasting. So help me, O faithful God! Let this Word be proclaimed to the end of days, O merciful God! Amen.

Second Part : Catechism Lessons
August 15, 2022     8:43 am